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A Claim to Land by the River: A Household in Senegal, 1720-1994

Adrian Adams and Jaabe So


In the early part of the 18th century, Jaabe So's ancestors founded a farm on the left bank of the Senegal river. Twenty years ago, So set up an independent farmers' association based among a group of towns along that river. Since then, he and Adrian Adams have spent much of their lives struggling to defend the existence of that association against a state development corporation funded by development aid. This is a narrative of that struggle, placed in the context of three centuries of Senegalese history.

Keywords: Jaabe So, Senegal river, farmers' association, Adrian Adams, development aid, Senegal, history, state development corporation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198201915
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201915.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adrian Adams, author
Fédération des Paysans Organisés du Département de Bakel

Jaabe So, author
Fédération des Paysans Organisés du Département de Bakel

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