I have received much assistance and support during my
study. First of all I want to express my gratitude to Rainer Chr. Hennig
at the University of Tromsø for the successful collaboration during the
field survey in The Gambia and during the process of performance of this
thesis. It had been impossible to have carried out the study without your
I would also thank the local people of the Farafenni
area for hospitality and assistance during the investigation of the field
survey. I would particulary mention Bunja Daabo, Sarjo Jallow, Babochar
Sarr, Babochar Koma, Alex Tabbal, Samba Bah, Samuel Taylor, Baba Sanneh
and Demba Jallow.
I also acknowledge the support of my supervisor
Professor Jon Martin Trolldalen and others of my colleagues at the
Resource Geographical group, Department of Geography, University of Oslo.
The intellectual support of Guro Voss Gabrielsen, and
her belief in my project is neither forgotten nor Roy Blådammens
Oslo, June 1998