Africa at Noon on October 30, 2013

From the Ground Up: Social History, Land Quality and Inequality in Southwestern Niger

Matthew Turner
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Time and Loca­tion

12:00pm, 206 Ingra­ham Hall, 1155 Obser­va­tory Drive, Madi­son, WI

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This presentation will revisit the debate about the production of inequality within West African villages. Through a spatially-explicit social history of village settlement, the persistent effects of this history on the distribution of land control (quantity and quality) will be analyzed for several villages in southwestern Niger. Variation in land quality is shown to be an important mediator between the past and present with important implications for how we think about rural inequality and food insecurity.


Matthew Turner has worked within francophone West Africa since 1987 on a wide range of projects concerned with the relationship between political-economic and ecological change.