Adapting to Drought: Farmers, Famines and Desertification in West Africa

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 30, 1989 - Science - 299 pages
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This book embodies the results of thirteen years of research in drought-prone rural areas in the semi-arid zone of northern Nigeria. It describes the patterns of adaptive behaviour observed among Hausa, Ful'be and Manga communities in response to recurrent drought in the 1970s and 1980s. The question of desertification is explored in an area where the visible evidence of moving sand dunes is dramatic blame are examined in relation to the field evidence. A critique is offered of deterministic theories and authoritarian solutions. Professor Mortimore demonstrates a parallel between the observable resilience of semi-arid ecosystems and the adaptive strategies of the human communities that inhabit them and suggests policy directions for strengthening that resilience.
 

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Contents

From feast to famine?
23
Drought in the 1970s
42
Thirteen years in the life of a village
82
Wider horizons
117
Two dry decades
136
Shifting sands
157
Interpretation
187
Policy directions
218
Notes
231
Bibliography
253
Index
289
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