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Faculty Spotlight - Thomas Basset

Thomas Basset, Professor of Geography and affiliated faculty with the Global Studies Center, has several recently published articles on the issues of hunger, sustainability and agricultural developments in West Africa.

“Reducing hunger vulnerability through sustainable development” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol. 107, Issue 13, Mar 2010
The riots over food price inflation in several countries in 2008 brought the world’s attention to the growing hunger problem. This paper is an overview on the publication's theme - poverty and development.

“Slim pickings: Fairtrade cotton in West Africa” Geoforum Vol. 41, Issue 1, Jan 2010
This paper explores the role of fair-trade cotton in Mali and Burkina Faso and whether it as effective as it claims.

“Mobile pastoralism on the brink of land privatization in Northern Cote d’Ivoire” Geoforum, Vol. 40, Issue 5, Sep. 2009
Prof. Basset looks at the role of privatization as promoted by the World Bank and the European Union in rural farm lands and how it is affecting people’s relationship with each other and their land in unanticipated ways.

All three articles are available in electronic full-text to members of the campus community through the University Library. Go to www.library.illinois.edu/orr to search for the journal and conference proceedings titles.


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