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The Nature and Culture of RattanReflections on Vanishing Life in the Forests of Southeast Asia$
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Stephen F. Siebert

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835361

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835361.001.0001

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Rattan and Household Livelihood

Rattan and Household Livelihood

(p.51) Chapter 6 Rattan and Household Livelihood
The Nature and Culture of Rattan

Stephen F. Siebert

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the importance of rattan and rattan-based activities in sustaining household livelihoods. In Southeast Asia, rattan gathering, hunting, and forest farming have supported households for generations. Rattan gathering is a primary source of income for young families, especially those with no access to irrigated rice paddies or upland farms. In most rural villages, poor or disabled villagers who have few livelihood options, including single women, can make a living crafting rattan baskets or other articles. This chapter highlights the importance of rattan and other forest-product harvesting to households, especially after natural disasters and when dealing with unexpected family emergencies and costly social obligations.

Keywords:   rattan, livelihood, Southeast Asia, forest farming, households, harvesting, natural disasters, family emergencies

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