Articles | Volume 72, issue 2
Geogr. Helv., 72, 243–254, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-72-243-2017
Geogr. Helv., 72, 243–254, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-72-243-2017

Standard article 13 Jun 2017

Standard article | 13 Jun 2017

Interpreting mega-development projects as territorial traps: the case of irrigation schemes on the shores of Lake Chad (Borno State, Nigeria)

Marina Bertoncin and Andrea Pase

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From the colonial era up to the present, mega-irrigation projects have played a key role in Sahelian Africa. It is possible to interpret them as territorial traps: they set up boundaries (physical, relational, cognitive and operative) that force evolutive trajectories along rigid pathways. After the failure of the mega-irrigation projects, farmers are faced with significant constraints. They identified a means of escape from these catastrophes by transgressing the boundaries imposed.