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Title:The Baggara Problem: Attempts at Modern Change in Southern Darfur and Southern Kordofan (Sudan)
Author:Adams, Martin E.
Periodical:Development and Change
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:ethnic relations
animal husbandry
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7660.1982.tb00120.x
Abstract:The Baggara are a diverse group of Arabic-speaking, pastoral people occupying the belt of savanna country between Lake Chad and the White Nile. Their problem is viewed differently by different people. To the ecologist it is how to devise and introduce a system of sustained production in areas of low rainfall and infertile soils for an expanding population. To the sedentary cultivator it is crop damage by cattle and conflict with pastoralists. To the local government officer it is disputes over land rights. For the Baggara themselves the problem is competition from other pastoralists and rapidly expanding cultivation. Central government officers perceive it in a much wider context of regional imbalance, while elitist ideas about nomads and the need to settle them have further confounded the situation. The Baggara problem is a tangle of seemingly irreconcilable interests. The present paper reviews past experience and suggests how the needs of the different interest groups might be harmonised in Southern Darfur. Postcript. Notes, ref., tab.