This paper describes the experiences of a rural sociologist implementing a wealth ranking procedure in Swaziland under the auspices of the FAO. The approach of wealth ranking was tested in Swaziland as a method of identifying the poorer members of the community. The paper contains sections on the decision to adopt a 'rapid' approach; training and preparation; the actual ranking mechanism used; its results; and conclusions drawn from the exercise. The paper emphasizes the need for training and observes that setting aside adequate time for the process is essential in order that good results be obtained.
This paper will be of use to fieldworkers, trainers, practitioners and agriculturalists operating at the project and community level.
Participatory Rapid Rural Appraisal Introductory Course
IIED and the Agricultural Education and Training Unit, Wolverhampton Polytechnic, UK