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Masakwa dry season cropping in the Chad Basin

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Zach, Barbara ; Kirscht, Holger ; Löhr, Doris ; Neumann, Katharina ; Platte, Editha:
Masakwa dry season cropping in the Chad Basin.
In: Sonderforschungsbereich Kulturentwicklung und Sprachgeschichte im Naturraum Westafrikanische Savanne (SFB 268) (ed.): Vorträge: Internationales Symposium - SFB 268 - Frankfurt/Main, 13.12.-16.12.1995. - Frankfurt am Main : Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg , 1996 . - pp. 349-356 . - (Berichte des Sonderforschungsbereichs 268 "Kulturentwicklung und Sprachgeschichte im Naturraum Westafrikanische Savanne" ; 8 )
ISBN 3-9803604-7-4

Official URL: Volltext

Project information

Project financing: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
SFB 268

Abstract in another language

In the inundation area - the basin of the former larger Lake Chad - a special type of sorghum is grown on the clay soils (firgi). This dry-season guinea corn is also called dwarf sorghum or masakwa. In Kanuri, the dominant language in the region, sorghum is called ngawuli. The dry-season types are called ngawuli firgibe (lit. translated: sorghum of the firgi). During the dry season when the natural vegetation becomes dry and yellow, masakwa fields appear in prominent green covering large areas of the clay plains. The most important natural factor for this specialized dry season cropping is the presence of soils with a high clay content. For a better understanding of masakwa and its related issues, a multidisciplinary sub-project (G1) has been established within the SFB 268 (Joint Research Project: History of Culture and Language in the Natural Environment of the West-African Savannah). This project in which all disciplines participate is entitled: "Natural basis for masakwa cultivation and its meaning for the settlement history of the clay plains (firgi) in the Chad basin".

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Item Type: Article in a book
Refereed: No
Institutions of the University: Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Central research institutes > Institute of African Studies - IAS
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 400 Language
400 Language > 490 Other languages
900 History and geography > 910 Geography, travel
900 History and geography > 960 History of Africa
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2024 11:37
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2024 11:37