Science et changements planétaires / Sécheresse


Concepts traditionnels sur les sécheresses, famines et épidémies du Sahel Volume 3, issue 4, Décembre 1992

Département d’Histoire Université de Niamey Faculté des Lettres et Sciences humaines BP 12184, Niamey, Niger.
  • Page(s) : 243-50
  • Published in: 1992

Despite the dramatic increase in research into drought and famine in the Sahel, because of their complexity, they are both still poorly understood. Local populations use a number of terms to designate the various natural calamities (drought, famine, epidemic, epizooty, etc.) The present paper wishes to contribute its grain of salt towards an understanding of the ecological crisis in the Sahel by performing an inventory, a typological classification and an attempt at interpreting certain traditional concepts.