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Reconstituting family transitions of Sahelian western Niger 1950-2000: an agent-based modelling approach in a low data context

Year: 2013
ISSN: 1278-3366
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10883/3318
Abstract: This research analyses the impacts of the family organization on the diversity of income sources and the sustainability and the dynamics of rainfed farming systems of Sahelian Niger, through an individual-centred agent-based model which variables were defined through anthropological investigation. Results show that family organisation has strong effects on wealth levels and distribution and on demographic growth. They also suggest a historic shift from the patriarchal mode to a mono-nuclear mode in the 70's in this specific area, due to a higher resilience of the latter thanks to a broader diversification and a better adequacy between wealth and family demography.
Language: English
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Type: Article
Country: Niger
Region: West Africa
Journal: Cybergeo: European Journal of Geography
Journal Volume: article 634
DOI: 10.4000/cybergeo.25760
Journal Number: Saqalli, M.
Journal Number: Bielders, C.L.
Journal Number: Defourny, P.
Journal Number: Gerard, B.
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Publisher URI: http://cybergeo.revues.org/25760


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