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Farming Lives: Using the sustainable livelihoods approach in the Peak District Farming Community

Farming Lives: Using the sustainable livelihoods approach in the Peak District Farming Community

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This report describes the ‘Farming Lives’ project, which took an in depth look at the lives of some Peak District farming families. It examines the lives of these families not only in terms of the farming business but also by taking into consideration all aspects of their livelihoods. Farming Lives began with the acknowledgement that farming livelihoods are multi-dimensional and inter-related, and therefore an impact upon one aspect of the livelihood can have repercussions within other areas. The project was built around the Sustainable Livelihoods Approach (SLA) and our aim was to test effectiveness of the SLA in helping us to understand the livelihoods of the farming families that participated in the project, while also helping those families to identify opportunities for building greater resilience and sustainability into their livelihoods. If this approach is found to be effective, we think that it may be of interest to farmer groups and organisations around the country that work to support farmers through these challenging times.
This report describes the ‘Farming Lives’ project, which took an in depth look at the lives of some Peak District farming families. It examines the lives of these families not only in terms of the farming business but also by taking into consideration all aspects of their livelihoods. Farming Lives began with the acknowledgement that farming livelihoods are multi-dimensional and inter-related, and therefore an impact upon one aspect of the livelihood can have repercussions within other areas. The project was built around the Sustainable Livelihoods Approach (SLA) and our aim was to test effectiveness of the SLA in helping us to understand the livelihoods of the farming families that participated in the project, while also helping those families to identify opportunities for building greater resilience and sustainability into their livelihoods. If this approach is found to be effective, we think that it may be of interest to farmer groups and organisations around the country that work to support farmers through these challenging times.

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FARMINGLIVES
Using the Sustainable LivelihoodsApproach in thePeak District Farming Community
April 2009
 
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Acknowledgements 2Executive summary 31 Introduction 52 Background 63 Context of the project 74 The Sustainable Livelihoods Approach 105 How can the sustainable livelihoods approach benefit farming families? 126 Peak District farming 137 Farming Lives Project 148 Sustainable Livelihoods Approach tools 179 Considering farming livelihoods in terms of assets 1710 The relationship between assets 2811 The Livelihoods Ladder 3012 Considering gender 3313 Lessons from this project 3414 Recommendations for the Peak District 3515 How could the SLA be applied within other UK farming communities? 3716 Conclusions 38References 39
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This report is a joint production between the National Farmers Network and Oxfam GB. It waswritten by Val Ponder and Ann Hindley and edited by Carol Evans and Ann Hindley. It was basedon work carried out by Janice Walton, Jo Williams and John Moseley.We would like to thank:The farming families who took part in this projectBakewell Agricultural Centre for hosting us during our surveysOxfam GB for providing training in SLA tools and ongoing support throughout the projectRachel Roland, Centre for International Development and Training, University of Wolverhampton for her valuable advice and support during the initial development of thisprojectThis pilot project was made possible by funding from:Oxfam GBBig Lottery ‘Awards for All’ fundPeak District Rural Deprivation ForumFor further details and copies of this report please contact:Val Ponder through the National Farmers Network website: http://nationalfarmersnetwork.org.ukOr by email:valerie@ponder517.freeserve.co.uk
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In order to protect the identity of participantsall names have been changed
NATIONAL FARMERS NETWORK
The National Farmers Network is a network of local family farmer groups, organisations andnetworks across England. They come together to exchange ideas and good practice. These arechallenging times for farmers and family farmers are the most likely to be affected. But we believethat by working together we can help bring about positive changes to farming livelihoods and worktowards a thriving family farming sector.
 
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