Africa

A scholarly journal devoted to the study of African societies and cultures. Editorial emphasis is placed on an interdisciplinary approach to African studies by the inclusion of topics in social sciences, history, the environment, and life sciences. Each i

Articles from Vol. 77, No. 1, Winter

African Shea Butter: A Feminized Subsidy from Nature
ABSTRACT The shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa) is indigenous to Africa's Sudano-Sahelian region and crucial to savanna ecosystems and peoples. African women have long collected, marketed and transformed shea nuts into a multipurpose butter. The growing...
Constructing Locality: The Terroir Approach in West Africa
ABSTRACT This article examines the origins and evolution of the terroir approach as an organizing idea in development planning in West Africa. We consider the evolving meaning of the terroir concept in three distinct periods: as a research approach...
Forest Management, Farmers' Practices and Biodiversity Conservation in the Monogaga Protected Coastal Forest in Southwest Cote d'Ivoire
ABSTRACT The emergence of biodiversity standards in the nature conservation literature requires that we consider the interactions between conservation and local practices from a new angle. The coastal forest of Monogaga, a protected area inhabited...
Introduction: Nature as Local Heritage in Africa: Longstanding Concerns, New Challenges
The concept of natural heritage or patrimony (1) increasingly informs biodiversity conservation initiatives in Africa. The idea that a country's natural resources constitute a heritage that local resource users have a stake in preserving and passing...
Natural Patrimony and Local Communities in Ethiopia: Advantages and Limitations of a System of Geographical Indications
ABSTRACT Among various processes of recognition and development of local know-how related to biodiversity, the protection systems based on Geographical Indications seem to open up interesting perspectives for the countries of the South. Ethiopia...
Ritual Territories as Local Heritage? Discourse on Disruptions in Society and Nature in Maane, Burkina Faso
ABSTRACT The issue of nature as local heritage refers to temporalities: the transmission of a valued common good over time, as well as the assessment of causes leading to degradation of the natural environment. How are such ideas shaped in local...
The Fulani and Cattle Breeds: Crossbreeding and Heritage Strategies
ABSTRACT This article examines the tensions between memory, identity and livelihoods in the making and transformation of cultural patrimony among Fulani cattle keepers of West Africa. Two areas of cattle breeding are examined: the Grassfields of...