Role of homestead forests in household economy and factors affecting forest production: a case study in southwest Bangladesh

This study investigated the role of homestead forests in the household economy in 3 villages in Bangladesh. It produced quantitative data to see how forest products and income vary across landholding size classes, and examined the relationship between homestead forest production with species richness, education level and household size to assess the attitude of homestead forest owners toward key forest management issues. Homestead forests play an important role in the household economy in terms of income and employment opportunities. The authors suggest that homestead forest owners in marginal and small landholding classes should be encouraged to diversify their forest by selecting a mix of fruit, timber and bamboo species in order to achieve optimal forest production.

Author(s): 
Motiur, R.M., Furukawa, Y., Kawata, I., Rahman, M.M., Alam, M.
Source: 
Journal of Forestry Research
Volume etc.: 
11, 89-97
Year published: 
2006

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