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The Environmental Crunch in Africa

Growth Narratives vs. Local Realities

Editors: Abbink, Jon (Ed.)

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  • Provides a critical overview of the challenges & problems of environmental–ecological conditions in Africa
  • Discusses how to address the environmental problems a growing African economy is causing
  • Examines the effects current political-economic policies have on local communities in Africa
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This book discusses the problems and challenges of environmental–ecological conditions in Africa, amidst the current craze of economic growth and ‘development’. Africa’s significant economic dynamics and growth trajectories are marked by neglect of the environment, reinforcing ecological crises. Unless environmental–ecological and population growth problems are addressed as an integral part of developmental strategies and growth models, the crises will accelerate and lead to huge costs in later years. 
Chapters examine multiple emerging tension points all across the continent, including the potential benefits and harm of growing urban-based ecotourism, the trajectory of labour-saving technologies and the problems facing agro-pastoralism. Although environmental management and sustainability features of African rural societies should not be idealized, functional 'traditional' economies, interests and management practices are often bypassed, seen by state elites as inefficient and inhibiting 'growth'. In many regions the seeds are now sown for lasting environmental crises that will affect local societies that have rarely been given opportunity to claim accountability from the state regimes and donors driving these changes. 

About the authors

Jon Abbink is senior researcher at the African Studies Centre Leiden and professor of Politics and Governance in Africa at Leiden University, The Netherlands. His main interests are political anthropology, developmentalism in Africa, the ethnology and cultural history of (Southwest) Ethiopia, and religious culture and the public sphere in the Horn of Africa. Recent books are the co-edited Anthropology of Elites, the co-authored Suri Orature, and A Decade of Ethiopia: Politics, Economy and Society 2004-2016.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Introduction: Promise and Peril in Africa—Growth Narratives vs. Local Environmental Problems

    Pages 1-28

    Abbink, Jon

  • Cash for Cashews: Does It Add Up?

    Pages 29-50

    Buckner, Margaret L.

  • Trade-Offs Between Crop Production and Other Benefits Derived from Wetland Areas: Short-Term Gain Versus Long-Term Livelihood Options in Ombeyi Watershed, Kenya

    Pages 51-83

    Nasongo, Serena A. A. (et al.)

  • Agriculture, Ecology and Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Trajectories of Labour-Saving Technologies in Rural Benin

    Pages 85-112

    Djohy, Georges (et al.)

  • Is Growing Urban-Based Ecotourism Good News for the Rural Poor and Biodiversity Conservation? A Case Study of Mikumi, Tanzania

    Pages 113-135

    Jensen, Stig

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Environmental Crunch in Africa
Book Subtitle
Growth Narratives vs. Local Realities
Editors
  • Jon Abbink
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-77131-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-77131-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-77130-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-08377-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 324
Number of Illustrations
18 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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