Open-range management and property rights in pastoral Africa: a case of spontaneous range enclosure in South Darfur, Sudan | Land Portal

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Date of publication: 
January 1985
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ISBN / Resource ID: 
eldis:A25287

The enclosure of open rangeland and its allocation to individuals or groups is a component of many African livestock development projects. In project after project, however, pastoralists have declined to fence or reallocate ownership of their land according to project specifications. It would now appear that the promise of a more efficient system of livestock production and range management is not, in itself, sufficient to induce pastoralists to adopt a fenced system of ranching. The present paper therefore examines some of the economic, social and legal factors which may discourage or encourage pastoralists to enclose common rangeland.

Authors and Publishers

Author(s), editor(s), contributor(s): 

R. H. Behnke

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The Pastoral Development Network represents a world-wide network of researchers, administrators and extension personnel interested in the issues of pastoralism and rangelands. Between 1976 and 1996 the PDN was managed by ODI and published regular mailings including newsletters and a wide ranging series of papers on pastoralism and related issues. There were also a number of other related publications.

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