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Date of publication: 
January 2011

This lesson brief explores the multiple independent phenomena that affect relationships between farmers and herders, as well as the nature of their conflicts over natural resources in Mali. It is part of the Focus on Land in Africa: Land Tenure and Property Rights online educational tool. Mali is experiencing population pressures, soil degradation, more intense and variable drought cycles, and shifts in agricultural practices. This has contributed to the expansion of land under cultivation and decreased availability of land for grazing animals.

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