Livelihood is defined as adequate stocks and flow of food and cash to meet basic needs.
Security refers to secure ownership of, or access to, resources and income earning activities, including reserves and assets to offset risk, ease shocks and meet contingencies.
Sustainable refers to the maintenance or enhancement of resource productivity on a long term basis. When poor people have secure rights and adequate stocks of assets to deal with contingencies, they tend to take a long view, holding on to their land, protecting and saving trees and seeking to provide for their children. Their time perspective is then longer than that of commercial interests concerned with early profits from capital.
We believe that a sustainable livelihood security is a precondition for a stable community in the long term. Only when livelihoods are secure does it become rational for poor people to limit family size. Securing sustainable livelihoods in resource-poor and forest areas is also the surest protection for the environment.
The poor are not the problem, they are the solution.