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Addressing the Nexus of Poverty, Exclusion and Ecology

  • To explain, conceptualize, and highlight marginality as a root cause of poverty and deprivation

  • Exemplify analytical approaches to the study of “Marginality” at different scales (global, national, local) for students and advanced researchers

  • Facilitate action of public and private players to overcome marginality for reduction of extreme poverty?

  • Includes supplementary material:

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Table of contents (22 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Marginality—An Overview and Implications for Policy

    • Joachim von Braun, Franz W. Gatzweiler
    Pages 1-23Open Access
  3. Concepts and Theory

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 25-25
    2. Marginality—A Framework for Analyzing Causal Complexities of Poverty

      • Franz W. Gatzweiler, Heike Baumüller
      Pages 27-40Open Access
    3. Marginality from a Socio-ecological Perspective

      • Daniel Callo-Concha, Jan Henning Sommer, Janina Kleemann, Franz W. Gatzweiler, Manfred Denich
      Pages 57-65Open Access
  4. Dimensions and Prevalence of Marginality

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 67-67
    2. Mapping Marginality Hotspots

      • Valerie Graw, Christine Husmann
      Pages 69-83Open Access
    3. The Poorest: Who and Where They Are?

      • Akhter U. Ahmed, Ruth Vargas Hill, Farria Naeem
      Pages 85-99Open Access
    4. Targeting the Poorest and Most Vulnerable: Examples from Bangladesh

      • Nusha Yamina Choudhury, Christa Räder
      Pages 101-115Open Access
    5. Correlates of Extreme Poverty in Rural Ethiopia

      • Degnet Abebaw, Assefa Admassie
      Pages 117-131Open Access
  5. Environmental Drivers of Marginality

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 149-149
    2. Poverty, Agriculture and the Environment: The Case of Sub-Saharan Africa

      • Prabhu Pingali, Kate Schneider, Monika Zurek
      Pages 151-168Open Access
    3. Land Degradation, Poverty and Marginality

      • Nicolas Gerber, Ephraim Nkonya, Joachim von Braun
      Pages 181-202Open Access
  6. Experiencing Marginality in Africa and Asia

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 203-203
    2. Consumption Behavior of the Poorest and Policy Implications in Indonesia

      • Evita Hanie Pangaribowo
      Pages 221-237Open Access

About this book

This book takes a new approach on understanding causes of extreme poverty and promising actions to address it. Its focus is on marginality being a root cause of poverty and deprivation. “Marginality” is the position of people on the edge, preventing their access to resources, freedom of choices, and the development of capabilities. The book is research based with original empirical analyses at local, national, and local scales; book contributors are leaders in their fields and have backgrounds in different disciplines. An important message of the book is that economic and ecological approaches and institutional innovations need to be integrated to overcome marginality. The book will be a valuable source for development scholars and students, actors that design public policies, and for social innovators in the private sector and non-governmental organizations.​


  • Developing countries
  • Development
  • Environmental changes
  • Marginalization
  • Poverty

Editors and Affiliations

  • Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany

    Joachim von Braun, Franz W. Gatzweiler

About the editors

Joachim von Braun is an economist, with a Doctoral degree in agricultural economics from University of Göttingen, Germany. He joined ZEF as Professor and Director of the Department for Economic and Technological Change in December 2009. He was also Director at ZEF during its foundation phase 1997-2002. Before returning to ZEF, von Braun was Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington, DC, U.S.A. 2002 to 2009. von Braun also has been Professor for Food Economics and Policy at Kiel University, Germany. His research addresses international development economics topics, incl. markets and trade; poverty; health and nutrition; science and technology.               

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Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
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