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January 1997 Issue
The Geographical Review
January 1997, Vol. 87 (1), pp. 27-46
Farming the Forest Edge: Vulnerable Places and People
Around Kibale National Park, Uganda
Subsistence farmers near Kibale National Park, Uganda, fear and resent many wildlife species. In this article I compare records of crop damage by wildlife and livestock with local complaints about the worst animals and the most vulnerable crops. I discuss the concordance and discrepancies in complaints versus actual damage in light of physical parameters of risk and of social factors that shape perceptions and vulnerabilities. Crop losses were greatest at the edge of the forest, where immigrants are disproportionately represented. State proprietorship of wildlife amplifies local vulnerability and constrains traditional coping strategies, such as hunting.
Dr. NAUGHTON-TREVES is an assistant professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin 53706.