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Towards a Platform for Development: Bringing Together Pastoralists and Agro-Pastoralists in the Kishi Beiga Area

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Contributors: Matthias Banzhaf, Bouriema Drabo, and Dr. Hermann Grell

Kishi Beiga is a vast region in the Oudalan province of northern Burkina Faso (a country located at the heart of West Africa). Pastoralism is the main activity in the area; rainfall is quite low (isohyets of 350 to 600 mm) and very irregular in time and space.Like the rest of the Sahelian region within the country, the area is undergoing major change. This change affects social systems, land tenure and production systems. Accelerated degradation of the natural resources essential for productive activity is now occurring in the area. The degradation is linked to a general worsening of climatic conditions, heightened by successive droughts and human actions. Furthermore, traditional systems of land management are in a constant state of destabilization. In earlier days, this 'pastoral El Dorado' was informally managed by a committee of elders appointed by the canton chief.

Author(s): Matthias Banzhaf , Bouriema Drabo , and Dr. Hermann Grell

Publication Date: 1998

Location: Burkina Faso

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