Improving access to natural resources for the rural poor
The Livelihood Support Programme
The Livelihood Support Programme (LSP) evolved from the belief that FAOcould have a greater impact on reducing poverty and food insecurity, if itswealth of talent and experience were integrated into a more flexible anddemand-responsive team approach.The LSP, which is executed by FAO with funding provided by DfID, worksthrough teams of FAO staff members who are attracted to specific themesbeing worked on in a sustainable livelihoods context. These cross-departmental and cross-disciplinary teams act to integrate sustainablelivelihoods principles in FAO’s work, at headquarters and in the field. Theseapproaches build on experiences within FAO and other developmentagencies.The programme is functioning as a testing ground for both team approachesand sustainable livelihoods principles.
Access to natural resources sub-programme
Access by the poor to natural resources (land, forests, water, fisheries,pastures, etc.), is essential for sustainable poverty reduction. The livelihoodsof rural people without access, or with very limited access to natural resourcesare vulnerable because they have difficulty in obtaining food, accumulatingother assets, and recuperating after natural or market shocks or misfortunes.The main goal of this sub-programme is to build stakeholder capacity toimprove poor people’s access to natural resources through the application ofsustainable livelihood approaches. The sub-programme is working in thefollowing thematic areas:
1. Sustainable livelihoodapproaches in the context of access to different natural resources 2.Access to natural resources and making rights real 3.Livelihoods and access to naturalresources in a rapidly changing world
This paper serves to provide a base for work in these three thematic areas bypresenting an analysis of concepts and trends associated with sustainablelivelihoods approaches and improving access by the poor to naturalresources.