Human Ecology

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 123–144

Drought survival tactics of subsistence farmers in Niger

  • Scott M. Swinton

DOI: 10.1007/BF00888089

Cite this article as:
Swinton, S.M. Hum Ecol (1988) 16: 123. doi:10.1007/BF00888089


Previous research into drought-response tactics has tended to be undertaken after the fact, and hence has been forced to be impressionistic. This study quantifies the importance of farmer drought-response strategies in southcentral Niger based on a survey which began during the drought of 1984. Livestock sales, food aid, temporary migration, remunerative non-agricultural activities, and loans were the principal drought-survival tactics employed

Key words

drought Sahel Niger subsistence household survey 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Scott M. Swinton
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural and Applied EconomicsUniversity of MinnesotaUSA

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