Livelihood Risk from HIV in Semi-Arid Tropics of Rural Andhra Pradesh uri icon


  • This paper discusses the livelihood dynamics in the fragile landscape of the semi-aridtropics (SAT) of Andhra Pradesh. SAT is home to the poorest of the poor who live inconditions of persistent drought, subsistence agriculture and poor access to markets. Thispaper is a case study focusing particularly on labour migration, its role in influencing thehealth risk behaviour of migrants and in the spread of the HIV epidemic among SAT ruralhouseholds. The most vulnerable population in these drought-prone regions are the migrantlabourers, and their vulnerability is influenced by three major factors?the vulnerability andunstable productivity in the degraded and marginal landscape, the caste system that hastraditionally kept them backward and vulnerable, and experiences in the external

publication date

  • 2008