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Title:The social context of herding contracts in the Far North Region of Cameroon
Authors:Moritz, MarkISNI
Ritchey, Kristen
Kari, Sa´douISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies (ISSN 0022-278X)
Volume:49
Issue:2
Pages:263-285
Language:English
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:pastoralists
contracts
social structure
livelihoods
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/23018922
Abstract:Droughts across Africa have led to a shift in livestock ownership from impoverished pastoralists to absentee owners who contract hired herders to manage their animals. The assumption has been that these contracts are exploitative and negatively affect herd and rangeland management. The authors conducted an ethnographic study of a mobile pastoral system in the Far North Region of Cameroon to examine whether herding contracts provide sustainable livelihoods and allow herders to rebuild their herds. They found considerable variation in contracts and livelihoods, and argue that the social organization of herding contracts may explain why they have no negative impact on herd and rangeland management. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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