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Title:Women and Desertification: Tillers of the Land, Keepers of Knowledge
Author:Made, Patricia A.ISNI
Year:1995
Periodical:SAFERE: Southern African Feminist Review (ISSN 1024-9451)
Volume:1
Issue:1
Period:January
Pages:32-38
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Africa
Subjects:women
droughts
land use
agricultural land
Cultural Roles
agriculture
Sex Roles
Environment, Ecology
desertification
agricultural production
Abstract:The declining quality of land in Africa is one of the most crucial environmental problems facing the continent. Desertification and changing farming practices are inextricably linked to the growing poverty and underdevelopment which continues to plague the continent. Desertification is not just the advancing of the desert. It is the process of deforestation, soil erosion, aridization (or persistent drought) and the loss of genetic diversity of flora and fauna. Since land is the major source of livelihood for women in sub-Saharan Africa, African women are the most affected by desertification and deforestation. The UN has recognized the important role of women not only in the process of national development but also in ensuring equitable development for all. The environmental blueprint for the 21st century, Agenda 21, has a special chapter and programme area on women. If countries in the subregion are to achieve sustainable development for future generations, the experiences of women have to be taken into account when it comes to environmental decisionmaking and management. Ref.
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