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Title:Adapting to drought: farmers, famines and desertification in West Africa
Author:Mortimore, MichaelISNI
City of publisher:Cambridge
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Northern Nigeria
Abstract: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, Fulbe 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, and the various hypotheses that attribute blame are examined in relation to the field evidence. A critique is offered of deterministic theories and authoritarian solutions. The author 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.