Geography of Africa 321 - Final Study Guide - Winter 1998
Week Seven Population Geography of SubSaharan Africa
a) How is the slave trade related to the cumulative effects of traditionally high fertility?
b) How does poverty lead to high fertility?
c) Why is women's status in society so closely linked to fertility rates?
d) What are the limitations of the national population pyramid model demonstrated in class?
e) How does decision making at various scales (local, national, international) affect the reproductive choices made in a household?
Weeks Eight-Nine Agricultural Development in SubSaharan Africa
a) What advantage do traditional pastoralists and subsistence farmers gain from raising a diversity of animals or crops?
b)What is the fundamental difference between traditional subsistence farming and modern commercial farming in terms of the ultimate goal of each? Compare and contrast the pattern of production for each system.
c) What does Bill Rau say that African peasants have to teach modern scientists and economists?
d) How did colonial governments in West Africa get the peasants to grow
Week-Ten Forest Degradation and Desertification
a) Why does Madagascar have such a high degree of endemism among its species?
b) What role do trees play in agroforestry food production systems? How do trees benefit soil systems?
c) Why is it advantageous for a multinational corporation to subcontract out the production to the peasant?
d) How does the fragmentation of the rainforest into small pieces disturb the ecological equilibrium?
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