alexa Seeds of Famine: Ecological Destruction and the Development Dilemma in the West Michael Watts
Social & Political Sciences

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With the exception of the French literature, most notably by Copans, Derrienniec, and the Comite d'Information Sahel,' this is the first major work to explicitly address ecology, food, and development issues in Sudano-Sahelian West Africa. The Sahel has gained a sort of textbook notoriety of late, largely be-cause the crushing famine which afflicted the desert edge beginning in the late 1960s is fre-quently invoked—depending on one's per-spective—as a classic model of poor land use, expanding deserts (desertification M the cur-rent parlance), long- or short-term climatic change, or massive economic dependency. The Sabel has even entered the heady realms of high culture, for John Updike's sardonic and witty novel, The

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