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Rainfall patterns and human settlement in tropical Africa and Asia compared

Papaioannou, Kostadis LU and Frankema, Ewout (2017) In VOXEU
Abstract
Tropical Asia has historically hosted larger and denser agricultural civilisations than tropical Africa. Using colonial-era rainfall and population data, this column explores the role of climatological conditions in the development of dense rural populations in the two regions. Rainfall shocks were both more frequent and severe in Africa than in Asia, lending support to the argument that ecological barriers to agricultural intensification were more challenging in tropical Africa than elsewhere.
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  abstract     = {Tropical Asia has historically hosted larger and denser agricultural civilisations than tropical Africa. Using colonial-era rainfall and population data, this column explores the role of climatological conditions in the development of dense rural populations in the two regions. Rainfall shocks were both more frequent and severe in Africa than in Asia, lending support to the argument that ecological barriers to agricultural intensification were more challenging in tropical Africa than elsewhere.},
  author       = {Papaioannou, Kostadis and Frankema, Ewout},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {06},
  series       = {VOXEU},
  title        = {Rainfall patterns and human settlement in tropical Africa and Asia compared},
  year         = {2017},
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