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Roots in the African Dust
Sustaining the Sub-Saharan Drylands

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  • Date Published: September 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521451734

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  • The image of Africa in the modern world has come to be shaped by perceptions of the drylands and their problems of poverty, drought, degradation, and famine. Michael Mortimore offers an alternative and revisionist thesis, dismissing on theoretical and empirical grounds the conventional view of runaway desertification, driven by population growth and inappropriate land use. In its place he suggests a more optimistic model of sustainable land use, based on researched case studies from East and West Africa where indigenous technological adaptation has put population growth and market opportunities to advantage. He also proposes a more appropriate set of policy priorities to support dryland peoples in their efforts to sustain land and livelihoods. The result is a remarkably clear synthesis of much of the best work that has emerged over past years.

    • Was the first general book on African drylands
    • Attempts to generate an original empirically based theory of dryland management, bringing together perspectives from East and West Africa
    • Very experienced author who has written other well regarded books in this area and has thirty-five years experience of living and working in drylands
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    '… admirably demonstrates how both herders and farmers recognise and act upon environmental variability in their short and long-term decision making.' Cambridge Anthropology

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    • Date Published: September 1998
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521451734
    • length: 238 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 12 maps 24 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Global perspectives on Africa's drylands
    3. A smallholder's perspective
    4. Risk in the rangelands
    5. Risk for the farmer
    6. Risk for the household
    7. Degradation
    8. Intensification
    9. Conservation
    10. Systems in transition.

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    Michael Mortimore, University of Cambridge

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