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Crop–livestock interactions in agricultural and pastoral systems in West Africa

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  • Mark Moritz


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    Driven by population pressures on natural resources, peri-urban pastoralists in the Far North Province of Cameroon have recently intensified livestock production in their traditional pastoral system by feeding their cattle cottonseed cakes and other agricultural byproducts to cope with the disappearance of rangelands typically available through the dry season. Although the crop–livestock interactions in this altered intensive pastoral system seem similar to alterations recently named in mixed-farming systems in West Africa, they are distinctly different and would require a different type of agricultural development support. I use Bourdieu’s theoretical constructs of “habitus” and “capital” to explain those differences. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010

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    Article provided by Springer & The Agriculture, Food, & Human Values Society (AFHVS) in its journal Agriculture and Human Values.

    Volume (Year): 27 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 2 (June)
    Pages: 119-128

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:agrhuv:v:27:y:2010:i:2:p:119-128
    DOI: 10.1007/s10460-009-9203-z
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