A livelihood comprises people, their capabilities and their means of living, including food,
income and assets. (Chambers & Conway, 1991)
Livelihood is equipping people with the tools and resources they need to make a life for
themselves and their households. In order to address livelihood, the entire scope of the
economic circle within a society must be examined in order to not simply build and restore one
group of jobs but rather understand the role of that job within the whole economic employment
cycle. By restoring the livelihood of a farmer, you can restore the livelihood of a laborer and
thus restore the livelihood of the market owner who can then restore the livelihood of their
Without proper livelihood development and analysis, the development process is short
circuited and will inevitably perpetuate the cycle of poverty within a community. Livelihood is an
essential factor in order to rebuild a society and organize a strategic cycle of sustainability for
the future. Since one person’s livelihood inevitably affects another, livelihood development is a
critical component to restore or revive an economy.
Only addressing the basic needs within a crisis, is only solving part of the problem. It
takes insight to see and address the need, but it takes foresight to look into the future and
devise a plan for sustainability. Insight alone is not enough to address the needs of people in
the midst of a crisis. But through diligent foresight, livelihood programs not only build up people
today, but also help them build for their future. More than just a helping hand, livelihood
programs equip people with the resources and abilities to be the helping hand for themselves
and to rebuild a life that has been impacted by the outward ongoing effects of war and crisis.
The livelihood component is essential in the field of humanitarian work to provide a
humane and sustainable solution for nations to rebuild. By first giving the people an opportunity
to make a life for themselves, it lays the foundation for rebuilding a nation. Livelihood zooms out
to evaluate a situation from the big picture and zooms in to plan the process to achieve a
sustainable and tangible future.
Working in conjunction with food security the agriculture livelihood program implemented
by Bahar Organisation facilitates the room to plan for the future, while still addressing the
present need. One does not neglect their cause for the other, but through a joint partnership, the
two are able to support each other in addressing some of the major needs of people.
Chambers, R., & Conway, G. (1991). Sustainable Rural Livelihoods: Practical Concepts for the 21st Century.
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