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Title:Oil, land and conflict: the decline of Misseriyya pastoralism in Sudan
Author:Pantuliano, SaraISNI
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy (ISSN 0305-6244)
Geographic term:Sudan
social change
petroleum exploration
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03056241003637847
Abstract:The Misseriyya are a pastoralist group belonging to the Baggara Arabs who live in the areas of southwestern Kordofan and southeastern Darfur (Sudan). This article examines the strategies employed by the Misseriyya to cope with a number of external pressures ranging from adverse government policies, climatic changes, the impact of oil exploration, conflict and the effects of Sudan's Comprehensive Peace Agreement. The paper analyses the current political context and discusses the tensions with other local and national actors in the context of the unresolved dispute over Abyei. It is based on a study of the current evolution of Misseriyya livelihoods undertaken over two months in 2008. Data collection and field analysis focused on assets, livelihoods strategies and outcomes, which were examined within the broader environmental, social, political, and economic context to take into account the institutions, policies, and processes affecting the changes Misseriyya livelihoods are undergoing. Special attention was paid to the relationships between different interest groups in the area, to map evidence of competition over resources, and to identify other points of possible conflict. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]