NYAS Anthropology Section Lecture Series
Anthropologists are well aware that there are wars in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa, areas where humans have existed the longest. But rarely do we suggest that the roots of these conflicts are competition for natural resources, ie, fighting for access to farming and grazing land and access to water. Madagascar has been populated by humans for only a few thousand years, yet a shocking portion of its natural resources has been destroyed. Today it is the 6th poorest country on Earth. This grinding human poverty, where 70% of the population is malnourished, is partially caused by destruction of natural resources by fires since human arrival. I will discuss the current political and economic situation in Madagascar and offer two possible predictions for Madagascar of the future. These predictions could apply globally.
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Patricia Wright is is a primatologist, anthropologist, and conservationist. Joel Cohen is Director of the Laboratory of Populations, and Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and International & Public Affairs at Rockefeller University & Columbia University.