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Journal of Geographical Sciences    2008, Vol. 18 Issue (4) : 499-509     DOI: 10.1007/s11442-008-0499-1
Climate and Environmental Change |
Livelihood diversification and cropland use pattern in agro-pastoral mountainous region of eastern Tibetan Plateau
ZHANG Liping1, ZHANG Yili1, YAN Jianzhong1,2, WU Yingying2
1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China|
2. College of Resources and Environment, Southwest University, Chongqing 400716, China
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This study examined livelihood diversification and cropland use pattern in Keerma village, located in Jinchuan County, eastern Tibetan Plateau. Through stratified random sampling survey, participatory rural appraisal, investigation of households’ plots and statistical methods, 63 households and 272 cropland plots were systemically investigated and sampled. The results show: (1) Different types of household have variety livelihood strategies, portfolio and income. Livelihood diversification and introducing and expanding off-farm activities can be the future trend, whereas, adverse natural environment, socio-economic conditions and peasants’ capabilities together affect sustainable livelihood and land use. (2) Each livelihood strategy has its own impact on land use, mainly affecting land use type and land use intensification level. (3) Diversification into off-farm activities could be the key of building sustainable livelihood and the essential approach of realizing sustainable land use in the region.

Keywords household      livelihood diversification      off-farm employment      land use      Tibetan Plateau     

National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.40471009; No.40601006; National Basic Research Program of China, No.2005CB422006

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ZHANG Liping, ZHANG Yili, YAN Jianzhong, WU Yingying. Livelihood diversification and cropland use pattern in agro-pastoral mountainous region of eastern Tibetan Plateau[J]. Journal of Geographical Sciences,2008, 18(4): 499-509.
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