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Between Water Spirits And Market Forces: Institutional Changes In The Niger Inland Delta Fisheries Among The Somono And Bozo Fishermen Of Wandiaka And Daga-Womina (Mali)

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Over the past 50 years, considerable changes have taken place in the institutional setting of fishing activities in the Niger Inland Delta of Mali. This chapter shows that at the local level, rules (institutions) on access to and use of fishing-grounds have existed in the past among local ethnic groups, such as the Bozo and Somono. Field research was conducted in two villages inhabited predominantly by two different ethnic groups, the Somono village, Wandiaka, and the Bozo village, Daga-Womina (Gomina). In the 19th century the area was under the control of a theocracy imposed by the Fulani, the dominant ethnic group of the region. The chapter makes it evident that the aggravated situation of natural resources in the Niger Inland Delta cannot only be explained by simple relations between increased populations, bad climatic conditions and overexploitation of resources.

Keywords: Bozo; Daga-Womina; fishing activities; Fulani; Mali; Niger Inland Delta; Somono; Wandiaka



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