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Volume 7, issue 4
Earth Syst. Dynam., 7, 969–976, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-7-969-2016
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Special issue: Climate, land use, and conflict in Africa

Earth Syst. Dynam., 7, 969–976, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-7-969-2016
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Research article 13 Dec 2016

Research article | 13 Dec 2016

Weather and resource information as tools for dealing with farmer–pastoralist conflicts in the Sahel

Ole Mertz et al.

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Conflicts over land and water resources between livestock herders and farmers are common in the Sahelian region of Africa. In this paper we show that improved information on weather, grazing areas, and water resources may reduce the level of conflict if communicated in such a way so that not too many livestock herds go to the same areas. However, if this information is not accompanied by information on herd crowding and potential conflict areas, it may lead to more conflict.
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