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Conflict Between Farmers and Herders in the Semi-Arid Sahel and East Africa: A review

K Hussein

Report/paper, 94 pages

This study reviews the changing patterns of conflict and complementarity which exist between herders and farmers in semi-arid Africa. It examines the historical evidence on relations between these different groups and assesses the widely held view that conflict is increasing throughout dryland Africa. Using an array of sources and arguments, the study reveals the high level of continuity over many decades found in the patterns of interaction between farmers and herders, and questions the emphasis currently placed on 'conflict studies' and 'conflict management'.

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