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Farming Systems in the Niger Inland Delta, Mali

Derrick J. Thom and John C. Wells
Geographical Review
Vol. 77, No. 3 (Jul., 1987), pp. 328-342
DOI: 10.2307/214124
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/214124
Page Count: 15
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Farming Systems in the Niger Inland Delta, Mali
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Abstract

The Inland Delta of Mali has a concentration of diverse ethnic groups, a relatively dense population, and various farming systems that are adapted to local conditions. More than 20,000 square kilometers of the delta are flooded annually by the Niger River. Most cultivation depends on some type of irrigation. Pastoralism is also practiced. Recent droughts and increased human and livestock populations are factors in environmental degradation and disruption of traditional productive systems.

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