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February 2006

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Between the Household and the Market: A livelihoods analysis of the SPFS seed multiplication in Southern Guatemala

FAO Livelihoods Support Programme Working Paper 20
Livelihoods Diversification and Enterprise Development Sub-Programme


In order to strengthen the capacity of the Special Programme for Food Security (SPFS)-Guatemala to incorporate livelihoods analysis in the systematization of “good practices”, an action-research exercise was carried out in November to December 2004, which focused on maize and bean certified seed multiplication in one project site. This paper describes the overall vulnerability context and the processes of change to which the participants and the indirect beneficiaries of seed multiplication are exposed in that particular location. The changes in household livelihoods that might be associated with the adoption of seed multiplication activities are documented here. The paper explores the economic and cultural logic that has facilitated the incorporation of this “good practice” into the participants’ livelihood strategies. Finally, it illustrates the livelihood outcomes of seed multiplication in 2004 and suggests some measures that could lead to the scaling-up of these activities from household livelihood diversification to fully-fledged rural enterprise development.

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