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Title: Desertification and rural change in central Sudan
Author: Trilsbach, A.
Awarding Body: University College of Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1983
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This thesis investigates changes in aspects of the rural geography in part of the central Sudan. In particular, the study focusses on the area of the White Nile Province north and west of Ed Dueim. This area was selected for two reasons. Firstly, it has suffered from desertification, which was particularly serious during the so-called Sahel Drought. Secondly, the area extends westwards from the White Nile and transacts a variety of landscapes, some of which depend upon the river for their water supply, and others upon rainfall. Research for the study was conducted in 1980-81 and several sources were utilised including: published data, reports, questionnaires, interviews, field observations, aerial photographs and satellite imagery. The data were analysed both manually and with the aid of computers and the results are presented in a sequence of chapters, each of which concentrate on a systematic theme. A large number of figures, tables and plates are used throughout the thesis to help illustrate the main points. After three introductory chapters, which discuss some of the theoretical aspects of desertification and rural development, the selection and analyses of data, and a general description of the study area, the main themes discussed are: rainfall variability, agriculture, pastoralism, migration, social facilities, marketing, trade and rural industries. The final chapter summarizes the principal conclusions, the main points of which are listed below. Four main conclusions are put forward. Firstly, although desertification is widespread, its contribution to the problems of the study area has been overstressed. Secondly, the series of drought years in the early 1970s acted as a catalyst for a variety of rural changes. Thirdly, several of the rural problems in the area stem from inadequate planning and administration. Finally, economic values are becoming more significant at the expense of more traditional, social and cultural ones.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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