Journal article

Sahel pastoralists: opportunism, struggle, conflict and negotiation. A case study from eastern Niger

B Thebaud, S Batterbury

GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE-HUMAN AND POLICY DIMENSIONS | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2001

Abstract

The livelihoods and life chances of pastoral communities in the West African Sahel are linked to: the complexity of the activities they must engage in to insure access to resources; to the nature of conflicts and co-operation between ethnic groups; to the inconsistent role of the state in assisting or constraining pastoral livelihoods; and to the negative discourse surrounding pastoralism that still circulates in some government and development policy circles. The paper reviews pastoral livelihoods systems in eastern Niger to illustrate changing modes of access to water and pasture, culminating in present-day tensions and conflict between pastoral groups. State development efforts to provide..

View full abstract

University of Melbourne Researchers