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Managing Social-ecological Change and Uncertainty: Floodplain Agriculture and Conservation in Dryland Northern Cameroon

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dc.contributor.author Asah, Stanley T. en_US
dc.contributor.author Nelson, Kristen C. en_US
dc.contributor.author Bengston, David N. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:58:18Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:58:18Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-02-12 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-02-12 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3193
dc.description.abstract "Managing change and uncertainty is important for effective environmental conservation, especially in semi-arid areas. This paper explores farmers' strategies adopted for managing change and uncertainty inherent in social-agricultural interactions in the Logone floodplain of the Lake Chad basin. We do this through ethnographic participant observations, surveys and latent variable modelling. Among four categories of strategies, those adopted to spread risks were shown to negatively impact farmers' efforts to manage change and uncertainty. Risk-spreading strategies relying on social networks, credit, common-pool resources, cultivation of multiple species and varieties, and alternative income-generating activities were seldom ineffective. In part, the ineffectiveness of risk-spreading strategies is explained by the fact that these strategies were subjected to similar human-environment conditions as agriculture. However, development interventions, corruption, democratic reform, re-negotiation of the commons and reluctance to seize risk-spreading opportunities have undesirable consequences for agro-ecological risk manage-ment. We discuss local potential and the role of external agents in enhancing management of change and uncertainty." en_US
dc.subject change en_US
dc.subject uncertainty en_US
dc.subject risk en_US
dc.subject common pool resources en_US
dc.subject indigenous institutions en_US
dc.title Managing Social-ecological Change and Uncertainty: Floodplain Agriculture and Conservation in Dryland Northern Cameroon en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.coverage.region Africa en_US
dc.coverage.country Cameroon en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Conservation and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 6 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth April en_US

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