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Drought survival tactics of subsistence farmers in Niger

Abstract

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

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Swinton, S.M. Drought survival tactics of subsistence farmers in Niger. Hum Ecol 16, 123–144 (1988). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00888089

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Key words

  • drought
  • Sahel
  • Niger
  • subsistence
  • household survey