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Land, Investment, and Migration: Thirty-five Years of Village Life in Mali

Camilla Toulmin


How do people survive and thrive in the uncertain and risk-prone Sahel? This long-term study portrays the people of Dlonguébougou in Central Mali, to show how they have adapted to change over the last 35 years, shaping new strategies and finding new sources of cash. Drawing on my 2 years in the village in 1980–1982, published in Cattle, Women, and Wells: Managing Household Survival in the Sahel (OUP 1992), I have revisited the people to explore the village economy and society today. A tripling in population, unpredictable rainfall, and the arrival of the Chinese have forced people into new way ... More

Keywords: Longitudinal study, village, Mali, Sahel, land, migration, investment, history, land use, China, village society, marriage, female migration, domestic organization, farming

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198852766
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198852766.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Camilla Toulmin, author
Professor, Lancaster University, UK