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Mauritania Livelihood Profiles

  • Livelihood Baseline
  • Mauritania
  • February 2015
Mauritania Livelihood Profiles

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  • Summary

  • Summary

    These livelihood profiles document results from a rapid data collection exercise in the field that gathered detailed information about livelihood strategies, including food sources, income sources, and expenditures, for each of three wealth groups: the poor, the middle, and the better off.

    Livelihood profiles facilitate food security and livelihood monitoring and analysis. They offer, together with the livelihood zone maps, a geographic context for establishing monitoring systems (a sampling fram) and for the interpretation of the relative importance of monitoring data on production, prices, and other key variables. Profiles are reference points against which conditions observed during monitoring may be compared. They describe how livelhioods and food security may be affected by shocks to production systems, markets, or other determining factors of livelihoods.

    Livelihood Baseline provides quantifiable analysis of household livelihood options. It includes a detailed breakdown of food, cash and expenditure patterns, as well as coping capacity for various wealth groups. The baseline also highlights market patterns and constraints and opportunities for economic growth. Used for outcomes analysis, the baselines can quantify and measure the impact of shocks on households. The analysis is very useful in planning humanitarian assistance, particularly in forecasting whether and when assistance will be needed, how many people might be affected, and what types of assistance will be most helpful.

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