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Sustainability 2018, 10(2), 509; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10020509

Relationships between Livelihood Risks and Livelihood Capitals: A Case Study in Shiyang River Basin, China

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School of Economics and Management, Shaanxi University of Science & Technology, Xi’an 710021, China
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College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide, SA 5001, Australia
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Received: 24 January 2018 / Revised: 24 January 2018 / Accepted: 12 February 2018 / Published: 14 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
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Using information collected through semi-structured questionnaires in 483 households, this paper examines the relationships between livelihood risks and livelihood capitals amongst rural farming communities in China’s Shiyang River Basin. Based on an index system of livelihood risks (health, environmental, financial, social, information and connectivity risks) and livelihood capitals (human, physical and natural, financial and social capitals), relationships are measured and evaluated through a linear regression model. Results suggest that health risk and social risk have clear negative effects on livelihood capitals. This finding may support evidence-based policies intended to reduce health risk and social risk threats as well as underpinning improvements in rural farmers’ capacities to withstand livelihood risk and to enhance well-being. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable livelihood; livelihood risk; livelihood capitals; wellbeing; Shiyang River Basin sustainable livelihood; livelihood risk; livelihood capitals; wellbeing; Shiyang River Basin
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SU, F.; SAIKIA, U.; HAY, I. Relationships between Livelihood Risks and Livelihood Capitals: A Case Study in Shiyang River Basin, China. Sustainability 2018, 10, 509.

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