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2003-10-09 | Book Chapter

Changes in Intrahousehold Labor Allocation to Environmental Good Collection: A Case Study from Rural Nepal, 1982 and 1997

. Quisumbing, Agnes ed. 2003. “Changes in Intrahousehold Labor Allocation to Environmental Good Collection: A Case Study from Rural Nepal, 1982 and 1997” Household Decisions Gender and Development.
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This chapter by EfD China Research Associate Priscilla Cooke St.Clair, explores the impact of changes in environmental conditions on household labor allocation to the collection of environmental goods such as fuelwood and leaf fodder for a sample of rural Nepali hill households.

Households in rural areas of most developing countries often rely heavily on the surrounding environment for goods such as water, wood, and livestock fodder. Frequently these and other environmental products are collected from local common forest land, a task that in many areas is predominantly carried out by women. Given the increasing pressure on biomass resources in many developing areas and the common gender
division of collection labor, there is concern that women in particular will bear the burden of increases in resource scarcity by having to spend more labor time and effort to collect forest products.

This is a chapter in IFPRI's synthesis of recent research entitled 'Household Decisions, Gender, and Development' edited by Agnes R. Quisumbing. Click on the file to the right to read the chapter.