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Assessing the distributional impact of community forest income: Evidence from south-western Nigeria

Aisha Olushola Arowolo (Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria)
Mure Agbonlahor (Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria)
Peter Okuneye (Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria)
Jubril Soaga (Department of Forestry, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria)

International Journal of Social Economics

ISSN: 0306-8293

Article publication date: 4 November 2014

Abstract

Purpose

Emerging evidence revealed a high rate of dependence of marginal people on forest resources in developing countries for both subsistence use and cash income. The purpose of this paper is to examine the rural livelihoods welfare dimensions of community forest income in south-western Nigeria.

Design/methodology/approach

Forest activities and income pattern data were collected from 160 rural households’ selected using multistage sampling approach. Descriptive statistics and Gini decomposition technique were used to analyse the data.

Findings

The result shows that forest income accounts for about 38.2 per cent of total household income and was the first ranked source of income in the study area. The Gini decomposition analysis showed that access to forest income is income inequality reducing in the study area. The study findings suggests that household welfare in rural Nigeria could be improved through policies and programmes that can stimulate sustainable access to forest resources and assist households to earn income from alternative sources such as agriculture.

Originality/value

The result of the study helped provide information on the uses and benefits of community forests as it affects the well-being of rural people. Also, it provides the benchmark for policy makers, government agencies and NGO's involved in rural livelihood outcome of forest communities.

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Citation

Olushola Arowolo, A., Agbonlahor, M., Okuneye, P. and Soaga, J. (2014), "Assessing the distributional impact of community forest income: Evidence from south-western Nigeria", International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 41 No. 11, pp. 1101-1109. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSE-07-2013-0156

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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