International Development, Community, and Environment

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Published by the Alliance of Bioversity International & the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). The former is a research-for-development organization that provides scientific evidence of the role that on-farm and wild agricultural and forest biodiversity can play in a more nutritious, resilient, productive and adaptable food and agricultural system. The latter works in collaboration with hundreds of partners to help developing countries make farming more competitive, profitable, and resilient through smarter, more sustainable natural resource management.

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Bioversity International; University of East Anglia; Clark University; National Agricultural Research Organization, Uganda; International Institute of Tropical Agriculture; Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI)

The report describes the approach and results of community wealth ranking (CWR) exercises conducted in 2015-2016 to ascertain the wealth groups and their characteristics of selected banana-producing communities in two regions of Uganda and four of Tanzania. The CWR information gathered was aimed at informing current and future banana breeding initiatives in and beyond the study areas. Participatory community wealth ranking exercises were conducted through focus group discussions (FGDs) within six selected districts. Based on their perception of others in their community, the farmers were asked to characterize their community’s wealth groups by assets, household and socio-economic characteristics, demographic characteristics, agricultural production practices, access to markets and access to agricultural extension services. They described each group according to similarities in characteristics and their proximity to the community’s perceived poverty line. These CWR exercises provide community-/village specific information that can be used for the dissemination of new banana cultivars and other research or development initiatives that target the poorest, marginalized and vulnerable members of banana-growing communities in sub-Saharan Africa. Importantly, our findings highlight the persistent intergenerational cycle of poverty, indicating the need to re-evaluate social protection schemes, poverty reduction initiatives and community development programmes that have been and continue to be implemented in these communities for decades.

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Participatory Community Wealth Ranking in Banana-Producing Regions of Uganda and Tanzania

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participatory approaches, gender equity, livelihoods, bananas, gender and equity, Tanzania, Uganda, Africa, environmental health and biodiversity, youth and social inclusion

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