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Commerce in the Chaos: Bananas, Charcoal, Fisheries, and Conflict in Somalia

June 2012

Citation: 42 ELR 10534

Issue: 6

Author: Christian Webersik and Alec Crawford

This chapter examines how, over the course of nearly 20 years, the production and trade of three natural resources has contributed to the ongoing conflict in Somalia and could ultimately contribute to its resolution. While this use of bananas, charcoal, and fisheries has contributed to the Somali conflict, these resources also represent a potentially important source of nonconflict income that could help the country recover from crisis and, ultimately, strengthen the nascent peacebuilding process.

Christian Webersik is an associate professor at the University of Agder, Norway. Alec Crawford is a project manager at the International Institute for Sustainable Development.

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