Assessing the impact of agricultural research on poverty using the sustainable livelihoods framework

This discussion brief considers the benefits of using the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework (SLF) to assess the impact of research on agricultural poverty.

It outlines the framework as a mixed-methods approach, touches on its limitations and briefly discusses the methods used in 5 case studies that used the SLF as the initial point of analysis.


  • The Sustainable Livelihoods Conceptual Framework
  • Limitations of the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework
  • Research Methods
  • Conclusions


Adato,M. & Meinzen-Dick, R. (2002). Assessing the Impact of Agricultural Research on Poverty Using the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework, Discussion Paper 128, Food Consumption and Nutrition Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute. Retrieved from