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Pastoralists under Pressure: Double Exposure to Economic and Environmental Change in Niger


  • Sarah L. McKune
  • Julie A. Silva


Interdisciplinary science benefits from frameworks that bridge different perspectives and methodological approaches in order to understand and solve complex problems. This article applies the double exposure framework to analyse how economic and environmental change drives recent political instability and food crises in Niger and the resultant implications for the food security of pastoral populations. Findings illustrate how processes of global change are undermining the historic resilience of pastoral communities within the region. Community and regional responses to new and unfamiliar conditions have resulted in heighted political instability that limits pastoralists' ability to cope with future shocks.

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  • Sarah L. McKune & Julie A. Silva, 2013. "Pastoralists under Pressure: Double Exposure to Economic and Environmental Change in Niger," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 49(12), pages 1711-1727, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:49:y:2013:i:12:p:1711-1727
    DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2013.822067

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    1. Foran, Tira & Butler, James R.A. & Williams, Liana J. & Wanjura, Wolf J. & Hall, Andy & Carter, Lucy & Carberry, Peter S., 2014. "Taking Complexity in Food Systems Seriously: An Interdisciplinary Analysis," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 61(C), pages 85-101.

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