ISBN 9789987753987
Pages 390
Dimensions 229 x 152mm
Illustrations Colour Photographs
Published 2017
Publisher Mkuki na Nyota Publishers, Tanzania
Format Paperback

Rural-Urban Dynamics in the East African Mountains

edited by François Bart, Bob R Nakileza, Sylvain Racaud

This book is the result of a long-term cooperation between French and East African scholars and universities under the aegis of the French Institute of Research in Africa (IFRA-Nairobi). It presents the main results of the research program Cooperation for University and Scientific Research (CORUS): Mountains and Small and Medium Cities in East Africa: Environmental Management, Flows of People and Resources, funded by the French Ministry of Foreign Afairs and supported by IFRA-Nairobi.

The specific subject is to rethink the development of the East African mountains in relation to the fast-growing towns and cities that surround them. Three East African mountains were chosen: Mount Kenya, Mount Elgon (Ugandan  side) and Uporoto Mountains (Tanzania). Comparisons are included, especially with Mount Kilimanjaro, which has been studied in previous books and programs (e.g. Kilimanjaro: Mountain, Memory and  Modernity, Mkuki na Nyota, Dar es Salaam, 2006).

The authors are East African (Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya) and French scholars, most of them geographers. Made from 12 contributions, this book focuses on a recent change in those mountains: a growing urbanization which shapes new mountain systems. This phenomenon, which is actually a major upheaval, is the focal point of the book, giving rise to the question: what are the links between Rural-Urban evolution in such contexts? What are the impacts on livelihoods and development? This book, covering social and environmental scientific issues relating to Rural-Urban nature, is the first of its kind for African mountains.

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About the Editors

Bob R Nakileza

Bob R. Nakileza is a PhD holder in Environmental geography (Cape Town University) and a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, Makerere University, Kampala.

Sylvain Racaud

Dr. Sylvain Racaud investigates urban-rural linkages in Africa through commercial networks. His work focuses on the structuring of trade routes between African trading posts and mountainous villages. He recently started research on the links between the urban informal economy (especially street vending) with the rural informal economy. From 2017 onwards, he is Senior Lecturer at the University of Bordeaux Montaigne, UMR 5115 LAM.

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