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Colin West: Recent Trends in Climate, Vegetation and Food Security in Northern Burkina Faso

October 11, 2013 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Colin West, Assistant Professor, Anthropology

The Sahel of West Africa is a region commonly associated with desertification, droughts, political instability, and famine. Like many parts of Africa, the Sahel faces significant social, economic, and environmental challenges, and we mostly hear about this area during infrequent but extreme crises. We rarely learn about the much more common, yet less newsworthy, every day and routine ways in which societies of the Sahel are adapting to climatic and social change. This talk will present findings based on ethnographic fieldwork in northern Burkina Faso. It will discuss recent positive trends in climate, vegetation, and food security among rural Mossi smallholders.

Co-sponsored with the Center for Urban & Regional Studies

beverages & light dessert provided

For more information, contact Todd Owen.

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October 11, 2013
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm


New East Reading Room
205 East Cameron Ave
Chapel Hill,