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Use of natural biological resources and their roles in household food security in Northwest Laos

This paper examines the role of natural resources, here defined as " all the biological materials that may be extracted from natural ecosystems and utilized with the household, marketed, or that have social, cultural or religious significance" in providing a cash income which in turn allows households to support themselves during times of the year when rice availability is low. The authors find that the income generated is significant, and plays a crucial role in food security through meeting direct subsistence needs, and through providing a cash income with which rice can be purchased.

Author(s): 
Kenichiro, Yamada. Masayuki, Yanagisawa. Yasuyuki, Kono. Eiji, Nawata.
Source: 
Southeast Asian Studies
Volume etc.: 
41, 4, 426-443
Year published: 
2004