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Case study- land degradation in Nara, Mali

Background information

Desertification can be traced back to a severe drought between 1969-1973
There are 2 socio-economic groups in Nara- agro- pastoralists such as the
Sarakole who are sedentary. They grow crops and keep cattle, goats etc.
They rely on direct rainfall. The…

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Pastoralists have less by-products (butter and cheese)
Pastoralists are forced to sell livestock for lower prices
Livestock have less milk and fewer offspring

Long term

Overgrazing has reduced plant and animal biodiversity
Desertification has increased incidence of poverty and famine
Wildlife has all but disappeared (rabbits and antelopes used to…


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