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Title:A Subsistence Society under Pressure: The Bemba of Northern Zambia
Author:Stromgaard, Peter
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Geographic term:Zambia
rural society
land use
agricultural land
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1159838
Abstract:Based on research carried out over a period of four months in the Northern and Luapula Provinces of Zambia, the author describes the changing pattern of Bemba agriculture, village structure, and subsistence patterns. Changing agricultural strategies reflect a subsistence society under pressure. Diminishing resources make it necessary to rearrange the production and distribution patterns - the uxorilocal settlement pattern is breaking down simultaneously with a loosening of the links of the matrilineal descent group. Aspects of the wider political economy - the movement of people to towns, the underfunding of agricultural development, the inability to substitute fertilizer for indigenous sources of potash in the development of cash-crop farming - have also led to the progressive degradation of Bemba rural areas. - Fig., map, ref., sum. in French, tab.