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The role of wild food plants in poverty alleviation and biodiversity conservation in tropical countries

This article examines the role that the consumption of wild food plants play in the livelihoods of rural populations. It assesses a total of 35 households in two villages of the Pwo Karen people in the Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary in Western Thailand. The author finds that collecting wild edible plants is a much more efficient use of time for the Karen than being involved in wage labour and buying the equivalent amount of food at a market.

Author(s): 
Delang, C.O.
Source: 
Progress in Development Studies
Volume etc.: 
6,4, 275-286
Year published: 
2006