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Breaking Out of the Poverty Trap: Case Studies from the by Luolin Wang, Ling Zhu

By Luolin Wang, Ling Zhu

This publication offers exact insights into the demanding situations and capability suggestions to relieve poverty in western China. many folks have an interest in China's monetary and social improvement; the advance of Tibet is a crucial a part of this narrative. not like tremendous towns within the east of China, Tibet remains to be underdeveloped, with serious poverty, quite bad communications, terrible infrastructure, delivery hyperlinks, and constrained social providers. utilizing deep and well-researched analyses, discovered chinese language students percentage their coverage insights, adventure and information of the underlying motives and strength recommendations to this underdevelopment and poverty. The reader can be supplied with firsthand money owed of other humans in Tibet, starting from neighborhood executive officers to poverty-stricken herdsmen. This ebook will get on the center of difficulties confronted via usual Tibetans, similar to facing affects of traditional mess ups, loss of schooling, handling ecological resettlement, and attempting to hinder the transmission of intergenerational poverty. those concerns from a theoretical, coverage, govt and sensible point of view, Breaking Out of the Poverty seize: Case stories from the Tibetan Plateau in Yunnan, Qinghai and Gansu covers the entire diversity of matters within the improvement of the Tibetan Plateau.

Readership: Undergraduates, graduates, teachers and pros drawn to poverty relief and the social, cultural and financial improvement of Tibet, in addition to most of the people.

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In making this statement, we are not denying that there is a “backward element” to some of the behaviors, but would like to emphasize that there needs to be a massive effort to reduce the impact of these factors on the poor. Moreover, we do not believe a “backward mindset” is the key variable that is preventing the poor from becoming rich. Neither do we insist that the existing rational behavior is perfect, instead, we believe that rational behavior itself has its own process of evolution. ”28 Since the basic mode of the farmers and herders’ economic behavior is rational, why are they still in poverty?

4% for townships where animal husbandry is predominant (in the year 2005). indd 18 4/11/2013 3:54:25 PM b1510 How to Get Out of the Poverty Trap b1510_Ch-02 11 April 2013 4:05 PM The Rational Behavior of Tibetan Farmers and Herders 19 Many forms of technological progress that may seem initially insignificant, are in fact very practical and useful for farmers and herders. For instance, leather bags or wooden buckets are often used as rather conventional containers for ghee. It takes time to make the ghee and physical strength to carry it around.

In these cases, a trading network that connects products in Tibetan areas with external demand becomes extremely important. Currently, agricultural products, handicrafts and natural specialties are still sold in a traditional way, in a loose network of individuals with multilevel agents. The system consists of a large number of individual merchants at different levels. Vendors go to villages to buy agricultural products from farmers. They then sell these products to big merchants in towns or cities, who either sell these products in local markets or transport them to other regions.

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