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

Posted by Carelia Juarez on , in Journal Articles

Published in European Journal of Geography 634, 2013

Mehdi Saqalli, Charles L. Bielders, Pierre Defourny and Bruno Gérard

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.



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