RATIONAL LAND MANAGEMENT IN THE FACE OF DEMOGRAPHIC PRESSURE - OBSTACLES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR RURAL MEN AND WOMEN

Citation
D. Fergusonbisson, RATIONAL LAND MANAGEMENT IN THE FACE OF DEMOGRAPHIC PRESSURE - OBSTACLES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR RURAL MEN AND WOMEN, Ambio, 21(1), 1992, pp. 90-94
Citations number
12
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Journal title
AmbioACNP
ISSN journal
0044-7447
Volume
21
Issue
1
Year of publication
1992
Pages
90 - 94
Database
ISI
SICI code
0044-7447(1992)21:1<90:RLMITF>2.0.ZU;2-K
Abstract
Numerous constraints make the attainment of sustainable development a foreboding challenge for the world's poorest countries. Among these ob stacles are demographic pressure, natural-resource degradation, and th e disadvantaged position of the rural poor, particularly women. While programs and projects continue to be designed to address each, it is a rgued that these constraints can be overcome only by viewing them in a n integrated manner, that is, by understanding and addressing the inte rrelationships among them. This paper is organized around the theme of land management and argues that one of the effects of the vicious cir cle of population pressure, resource depletion, and rural poverty is t o prevent people in the least developed countries from engaging in rat ional, forward-looking land-management practices. Specific problem are as in which the dynamic manifests itself acutely are reviewed, namely health and nutrition, legal and regulatory matters, access to informat ion, and rural people's economic status. It is suggested that program planners and policy makers must adapt their modes of thinking and acti ng in order to focus on the notion of maximizing rural people's potent ial for taking rational decisions concerning land management.