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The New Frontier: Farmers' Response to Land Degradation - A West African Study



This book attempts to recast the environmental debate on African indigenous knowledge systems and resource use. It focuses on the regions of West Africa where monocropping has destroyed biologically diverse environments and sustainable, self-sufficient farming practices. The analysis offers an innovative perspective on environmental degradation, showing how local ecological knowledge is transformed and applied to changing economic, demographic and political pressures. Using both social and biological data, it places the adaptation of indigenous technologies within the larger framework of biodiversity, intellectual property rights and climate change. Amanor suggests new policies to draw up an environmental agenda based on the regeneration of the local economy, the diversification of agricultural products and markets, and the use community knowledge.
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  • Pub. Date: 1 Oct 1994
    Pub. Place: London
    ISBN: 1 85649 241 9
    Type: harback
    From: Zed Books
  • Pub. Date: 1 Oct 1994
    Pub. Place: London
    ISBN: 1 85649 242 7
    Type: paperback
    From: Zed Books