What Happens to the Natural Environment When a Rural Community Joins the Global Economy?

by Jefferson Fox

East-West Wire

Publisher: Honolulu, HI: East-West Center
Publication Date: 16 March 2018
Binding: electronic
Pages: 2
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When young people leave the village, the immediate result is a labor shortage that affects both farming and the natural environment. In principle, remittances from migrants could be used to hire labor and purchase agricultural inputs, but scholars have generally found that remittances are seldom invested in the farming sector. Developments over 30 years in one village of Nepal's Middle Hills region illustrate the results that out-migration can have farming and the environment.