Desertification in Africa - Critique and an Alternative Approach

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This article critically reviews the international debate on desertification, its status, rate as well as causes and consequences. The article rejects the commonly used concept of a degrading environment, but tries to explain the environmental problems as symptoms of a wider economic and political crisis. An alternative approach applying systems analysis of the entire socio-eco-system to the study of desertification and land degradation is discussed, with examples from the Western Sudan

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  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-32
JournalGeoJournal
Volume31
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1993
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes