publication . Article . 2014

Rural emptiness and its influence on subsistence farming in contemporary Gabon : a case study in Loango National Park.

Fairet, E.; Bell, S.; Remanda, K.; Setchell, J.M.;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2014
  • Publisher: BioSocial Society
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
In sub-Saharan Africa, rural exodus leads to increasing unemployment in urban centres and to the disorganisation of farming practice in rural areas. This article draws on data from participant observation and interviews to analyse how rural exodus, combined with a population density that was already low, led to what we refer to as rural emptiness in Gabon, and how this affects farmers’ livelihoods. Farming in Gabon is largely slash and burn agriculture with a gender division of labour and therefore requires both men and women. Farming practices at our study site, in Loango National Park, follow a traditional pattern, but the labour force has been reshaped by dem...
Subjects
free text keywords: Rural exodus, Labour, Agriculture, Central Africa.
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