Publications


Climate-Smart Agriculture Possible Roles of Agricultural Universities in a Strengthened Norwegian Climate Change Engagement in

March 2012

Noragric Report No 64. Department of International Environment and Development Studies. Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

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Gender and access to land and natural resources in Mali and Niger

February 2011

Access to land and natural resources in Mali and Niger is a prerequisite for secure livelihoods for the vast majority of people. This paper published by IIED outlines research carried out in Mali and Niger on how women’s access to land and natural resources is changing.

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Agriculture and Food Security in Africa's Drylands Meeting the realities of small-scale farmers

Briefing paper | January 2010

If the international community is serious about reaching Millenium Development Goals 1, 7 and 8, investing in drylands should be top priority. This paper, published by Both ENDS, argues that marrying local practice and scientific knowledge and that ensuring the participation of CSO’s in linking local people, scientists and decision-makers, are key to meeting basic needs in drylands, now and in the future.

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Local Governance Institutions for Sustainable Natural Resource Management

KIT Working Papers Series G1 | March 2009

In the Sahelian countries of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, the majority of poor people live in rural areas. Rural livelihoods depend to a large extent on a combination of rain-fed crop farming, and extensive livestock rearing, supplemented with the gathering of wood, grasses, fruits, which may be complemented with revenues generated by circular migration and remittances.

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Effectiveness of Bylaws in the Management of Natural Resources A publication by CAPRi

Working paper No.93, 2008 | February 2009

The role of various stakeholders in the management of natural resources is not clear in the West African countries. This paper discusses the historical changes in power delegation from central origins to peripheral institutions. The analysis covers the rise of bylaws across the Western African countries and links the multiplicity of bylaws to the amplification of the decentralization movement.

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Women break down barriers in Mali

LEISA Magazine 24, September 2008 | December 2008

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Drylands Ecofarming: An analysis on ecological farming prototypes in two Sahelian zones:Koro and Ban

December 2008

The purpose of this study conducted by Didier Hamina from the University of Life Sciences was to investigate the present socioeconomical situation of farmers involved in the Ecofarm project, study the effects of fertilizer application on crop yields and to evaluate the potential economical gain from adopting these microdosage systems.

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Moving beyond forestry laws in Sahelian countries Policy brief by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the European Union.

December 2007

Sahelian rural populations’ needs are sourced from on-farm indigenous tree species. Access, use and management of indigenous tree species within their territories are restricted however, by forestry laws hence limiting livelihoods. This has built suspicion and discontent between foresters and natural resource users.

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Microfertilizing sorghum and pearl millet in Mali Agronomic, economic and social feasibility

October 2007

This article is based on research conducted in Mali for the Drylands Coordination Group.

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Will pastoral legislation disempower pastoralists in the Sahel? International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA)

March 2007

Guinea, Mauritania, Mali, and Burkina Faso have all passed specific legislation in support of pastoralism. This paper reports that while some of these laws provide an improved framework for the management of rangelands and greater tenure security for pastoralists, they contain conceptual and practical problems which may ultimately further marginalise pastoral people.

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