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Title The environmental crunch in Africa : growth narratives vs. local realities / Jon Abbink, editor.

Published Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018]


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Physical description 1 online resource.
Series Springer Social Sciences 2018 English+International
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Intro; Acknowledgements; Contents; Notes on Contributors; List of Figures; List of Tables; 1 Introduction: Promise and Peril in Africa-Growth Narratives vs. Local Environmental Problems; Environmental Crisis Narratives and Crisis Phenomena; Myths of 'Community'?; Political Ecology; The Case Studies; Conclusions: A 'New Cultural Ecology'?; References; 2 Cash for Cashews: Does It Add Up?; Introduction; Rice Farming; Cashew Production; Trade-Offs; Turnaround?; Broader Reflections; References
3 Trade-Offs Between Crop Production and Other Benefits Derived from Wetland Areas: Short-Term Gain Versus Long-Term Livelihood Options in Ombeyi Watershed, KenyaIntroduction; Description of the Ombeyi Watershed; Research Methods; Results; Different Stakeholder Groups and Livelihood Strategies in the Ombeyi Watershed; Stakeholders; Wealth Ranking and Water Use; Stakeholders' Livelihood Strategies; Irrigation and General Cropping Pattern; Irrigated Rice; Sugar Cane; Arrowroots: A Recent Crop; Maize and Sorghum; Use of Wetland for Fish and Papyrus
Factors Affecting Resource Use in the Ombeyi WatershedThe Impact of Recent Changes; Technological Changes; Discussion; Recommendations; Appendix; References; 4 Agriculture, Ecology and Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Trajectories of Labour-Saving Technologies in Rural Benin; Introduction; Theoretical Framework; Research Setting; Physical Environment; Human and Social Context; Research Methods; Results; More Tractors, More Pressure on Land; Herbicides as Catalyst of Human-Nature and Human-Human Relations; Discussion and Conclusion; References
5 Is Growing Urban-Based Ecotourism Good News for the Rural Poor and Biodiversity Conservation? A Case Study of Mikumi, TanzaniaIntroduction; Framing the Field; Analysis; Implications for Local Communities Related to Growing Urban-Based Interests; Gender Equality; Micro-Entrepreneurship; Infrastructural Upgrading; Tourism Allows the Poor to Leverage Natural Resources; What Implications Does Urban-Based Ecotourism Have for Biodiversity Conservation in Mikumi?; Conclusion; References
6 Losing the Plot: Environmental Problems and Livelihood Strife in Developing Rural Ethiopia-Suri Agropastoralism Vs. State Resource UseIntroduction; The Lower Omo Valley; The People and the Context; Suri Livelihoods and Environment Use; Ecology, Space, and Place; State Development Views and Plans; Effects of State 'Landscape Reconstruction' on Local Peoples: More on the Suri Example; Conclusions; References; 7 Cameroon's Western Region: Environmental Disaster in the Making?; Introduction; The Natural Features of Cameroon's Western Region; Population Pressure
Summary This book discusses the problems and challenges of environmental-ecological conditions in Africa, amidst the current craze of economic growth and 'development'. Africa's significant economic dynamics and growth trajectories are marked by neglect of the environment, reinforcing ecological crises. Unless environmental-ecological and population growth problems are addressed as an integral part of developmental strategies and growth models, the crises will accelerate and lead to huge costs in later years. Chapters examine multiple emerging tension points all across the continent, including the potential benefits and harm of growing urban-based ecotourism, the trajectory of labour-saving technologies and the problems facing agro-pastoralism. Although environmental management and sustainability features of African rural societies should not be idealized, functional 'traditional' economies, interests and management practices are often bypassed, seen by state elites as inefficient and inhibiting 'growth'. In many regions the seeds are now sown for lasting environmental crises that will affect local societies that have rarely been given opportunity to claim accountability from the state regimes and donors driving these changes.
Other author SpringerLink issuing body.
Subject Economic development -- Environmental aspects -- Africa.
Environmental geography -- Africa.
Ecotourism -- Africa.
Africa -- Environmental conditions -- 21st century.
Africa -- Economic conditions -- 21st century.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9783319771311 (electronic bk.)
3319771310 (electronic bk.)