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Title:Risk, Environmental Variability and Drought-Induced Impoverishment: The Pastoral Economy of Central Niger
Author:Starr, Martha A.
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Geographic term:Niger
animal husbandry
Economics and Trade
Drought and Desertification
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1160181
Abstract:This article examines the connection between differential ability to bear risk and patterns of drought-induced impoverishment among the Twareg Kel Dinnik of central Niger, with particular reference to the dynamics of the 1968-1973 drought. When the 1968-1973 drought struck, smaller producers were less able to withstand the period of hardship and many were forced to abandon pastoralism altogether. While larger producers did experience hardships, their superior command of resources gave them a distinct advantage in enduring and recovering from temporary environmental decline. What happened to the pastoral sector between the late 1960s and the early 1980s was less a matter of a uniform decline of a 'system' than it was a slipping-out of transhumant livestock raising by a segment of producers without the social and economic means to contend with elevated risk. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in French.