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Re-Building the Local Landscape: Environmental Management in Burkina Faso

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By: Chris Howorth

172 pages, Figs

Ashgate Publishing Limited

Hardback | Apr 1999 | #84475 | ISBN: 1840148462
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About this book

Examines land use and natural resource management in the province of Sissili in southern Burkina Faso.


Contents

Part 1 The resilience of the peasantry in Burkhina Faso (or les paysannes sont fortes): Burkhina Faso; physical geography; population; history and politics; economy; history, environment and movement in West Africa; the peasant mode of production; the peasantry; peasant adaptation; family dynamics and the farm; lifescapes. Part 2 The province of Sissili; physical environment; location, climate and geography; natural vegetation and land use; bush fire; vegetative production; human resources and human systems; population and ethnic groups; immigration; administrative and local political structures; issues of resource use in Sissili; background; agricultural characteristics of the Nuni, Mossi and Fulani; land tenure; the development of the agricultural landscape; soil types and indigenous soil classification; pastoralism; an introduction to the three case study villages; Lon; Boutiourou; Saboue; Islam in Sissili; the introduction and spread of Islam; why it fitted so well to Nuni life; animist Muslims. Part 3 Culturally locating production patterns: the Nuni; background; power and governance in Nuni communities; the Nuni farming system; hunting and gathering; the Mossi; background; the farming system of the Mossi; the Fulani. Part 4 Lon: population; description of the landscape; evolution of the farmed area; the future of the occupation of space in Lon; networks and linkages; Nuni; Mossi; Fulani; legal arrangements and administrative decision making; ethnic interrelationships in Lon. Part 5 Boutiourou: population; description of the landscape; evolution of the farmed area; the future of the occupation of space in Lon; networks and linkages; Nuni; Mossi; Fulani; legal arrangements and administrative decision making; ethnic interrelationships in Boutiourou. Part 6 Saboue: population; description of the landscape; evolution of the farmed area; the future of the occupation of space in Lon; networks and linkages; Nuni; Mossi; Fulani; legal arrangements and administrative decision making; ethnic interrelationships in Saboue. Part 7 Comparing differences: a comparative analysis; overview; a comparison of the farming system; women's agriculture and off-farm activities; household consumption in the villages; animal husbandry in the villages; discussion of analysis; explaining land-use change; possibilities and choice for new livelihoods; land use in relation to national agricultural policy; diffusion of ideas; directions of agricultural development; continuity and change. Part 8 Conclusion - African realities and Western dreams: Western scientific thought versus African thought; why we have not been able to understand African economies; how can we better understand African economies?; local environmental management and the emerging development paradigm; appendix - land classification unit according to de Boer, 1992.

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