The landscape of conflict: IDPs, aid and land-use change in Darfur

Jennifer Alix-Garcia, Anne Bartlett, David Saah

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This article examines spatial changes in production in the presence of civil conflict. A simple model predicts land abandonment which increases with proximity to insecurity, and welfare losses to rural land owners. The model also predicts that food aid can buffer the land-use change impacts generated by war. Spatial data on land use, violent events, displaced populations and aid from 2001-2007 corroborate these predictions in Darfur, Sudan. The results suggest large disruptions in short-term production, with abandonment of agriculture far from the cities, and intensification of land use on their periphery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)589-617
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Economic Geography
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Aid
  • Land-use change
  • Population displacement
  • War and production

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Economics and Econometrics


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