Indirass and the political ecology of flood recession agriculture

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Abstract

The principle thesis of this chapter is that one component of an improved agricultural development policy in Sahelian Africa should involve the elaboration of a tenure system that is based on Islamic and customary principles and rooted in an adaptation to the local environment. This is not to say that local tenure systems need no improvement, but it is to argue that the transplanting of basically European temperate climate agriculture, market economy, and individual title-based tenure is fundamentally a mistake. There are many reasons why such a system is inappropriate, but the most basic involve differences in agricultural risk, lack of literacy, and the need to have a system that can remain within the grasp of local people while adapting quickly to changing patterns of cultivation. The bulk of this chapter will focus on a discussion of what such a system might entail on the Mauritanian side of the Senegal River Basin (SRB).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Ecology of Practice
Subtitle of host publicationStudies of Food Crop Production in Sub-Saharan West Africa
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages77-95
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781134387267
ISBN (Print)9789056995744
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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