AIDS and Rural Livelihoods. Dynamics and Diversity in Sub-Saharan Africa

Anke Niehof (Editor), G. Rugalema (Editor), S. Gillespie (Editor)

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HIV and AIDS continue to devastate the livelihoods of millions of Africans and represent the major public health challenge in many countries. More people die of AIDS each day than from wars, famine and floods combined, while an orphaned generation of children must be provided for. Yet despite millions of dollars of aid and research, there has previously been little detailed on-the-ground analysis of the long-term impact on rural people. This book brings together recent evidence on HIV/AIDS impacts on rural households, livelihoods, and agricultural practice in sub-Saharan Africa. There is particular emphasis on the role of women in affected households. The book presents micro-level information collected by original empirical research in a range of African countries, and shows how well-grounded conclusions on trends and major problems can then be addressed by policies. It is shown that HIV/AIDS impacts are more diverse than we know (and not always negative) on the basis of cumulative evidence so far.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages234
ISBN (Print)9781849711265
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • development studies
  • acquired immune deficiency syndrome
  • human diseases
  • hiv infections
  • public health
  • rural areas
  • rural population
  • socioeconomics
  • rural sociology
  • economic aspects
  • africa south of sahara
  • agricultural households

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    Niehof, A., Rugalema, G., & Gillespie, S. (Eds.) (2010). AIDS and Rural Livelihoods. Dynamics and Diversity in Sub-Saharan Africa. Earthscan.