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Living with Drought

Synopsis
During the 1970s and 1980s the recurrence of famine in rural areas of Africa resulted in many hundreds of thousands of deaths, notably in the Sahel, in Ethiopia and in Mozambique. Well publicised famine relief efforts made a profound impression on world perceptions of African agriculture. In some interpretations, repeated drought years in semi-arid areas of Africa heralded the onset of global climate change. In others, increasing population in Africa had increased pressure on cultivated land to the point where the land was becoming degraded by over-intensive use. In either case, environmental issues loomed large in the ‘African Crisis’. The apocalyptic tone of much of the comment on the subject is captured by the term ‘desertification’, first coined to describe land degradation in the Sahel.
This programme attempts to redress the balance by examining some potential solutions to the environmental crisis in Africa. This is done by talking to people from various rural communities, thus building up a picture not only of the area’s history, but also of some of the solutions already tried. It was filmed in two locations: the Tahoua province of Niger in the Sahel, and in the the Machakos district of Kenya.
Series
Environment, Course U206
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 49 min.
Year of production
1991
Availability
Off-air recording licence
Subjects
Environmental science
Keywords
Africa; deserts; developing countries; drought; environment; famine; Kenya; Niger; Sahel

Credits

Producer
Eleanor Morris
Contributor
Jerusha Castley

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Distributor

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
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