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The Impact of Drought on Sub-Saharan African Economies. A Preliminary Examination


  • Benson, C.
  • Clay, E.


Although the physical aspects and agrocultural impacts of drought and government and donor responses as well as household coping and survival strategies in the event of drought have been well studied, little research has occurred on either its nonagricultural or economywide macroeconomic impacts in Sub-Saharan Africa. This paper reports the findings of an exploratory study intended as a contribution to filling this gap.

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  • Benson, C. & Clay, E., 1998. "The Impact of Drought on Sub-Saharan African Economies. A Preliminary Examination," Papers 401, World Bank - Technical Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:wobate:401

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    JEL classification:

    • Q15 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment
    • Q25 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Water


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