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The role of non-timber forest products in household coping strategies in South Africa: the influence of household wealth and gender

This paper examines how the people of two South African villages responds to shocks and stresses. First the shocks and stresses over the two years previous to the start of the study are examined and classified into expected and unexpected shocks, the coping mechanisms (including NTFP harvesting) are then identified and ranked in order of usage. The results are stratified by wealth (achieved through wealth ranking and confirmed by PCA of interview responses) and gender.