Livelihood Zone Map
Even a single district may contain more than one agro-ecological division or other elements which have a major effect on livelihoods – so that there are two livelihood zones within the same district. But these zones are likely to extend beyond that district, so that the livelihoods geography and the administrative geography do not coincide. This can be seen, for instance, in the broad livelihood zoning done with FEWS NET for Niger- See map below. From the desert in the north to the special irrigated cash-cropping zone in the south, with the administrative regions and districts superimposed.
Livelihood zone maps are always presented with the administrative map superimposed. Baseline assessment and on-going monitoring need to be done in terms of livelihoods geography; response usually needs to be done via the administrative divisions.
Ideally, livelihood zone boundaries would coincide with administrative boundaries, but this is not always possible because homogenous ecological and economic zones often cross political boundaries. As a result, within one administrative unit, it may be possible to find pastoralists living alongside agriculturalists, or agro-pastoralists alongside fishing communities.