The results from over 8000 households across 24 countries suggest that, for millions of rural families across the tropics, ‘wild’ resources make up a large share of their income. Underestimating the importance of this income source risks making decisions that could exacerbate poverty.
So, armed with a host of findings that have taken even the researchers by surprise, the PEN team has been disseminating the results to all corners of the globe and helping others, including the World Bank, to draw a more accurate picture of rural welfare. This agricultural and environmental ‘bean counting’, as CIFOR scientist Sven Wunder refers to it, allows the world to make decisions based on a much better picture of what is really going on.
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