Following introductions and presentation of the objective, the interviewer and note-taker site at a level equal to the interviewee.
The facilitator then asks who are the different members of the household – their age, location, relationships (marital status, etc.). Each is mapped onto flipchart pape
Starting with the interviewee, the facilitator asks about his or her income generating and agricultural activities. The facilitator should probe into how much land they own, cultivate, what crops, inputs used, and other livelihood activities. Each is drawn on the flipchart.
Once the livelihood activities for each member of the household are established, the facilitator then probes into assets used: who owns the land, relationship to land-owner, etc. The facilitator also probes into resource flows to understand all the informal reciprocal connections of the household.
If there is clearly a food deficit in the analysis, ask how do households make up for the shortage? Are there other income earning activities or protection mechanisms within the network or community?
Beyond the interviewee him/her-self, probe into:
- What is happening to the children? Are they in school? What costs are involved and how are they paid?
- What do other members in the network do? How do they contribute to the livelihoods of the interviewee? And how does the interviewee contribute to their livelihoods?