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<firstname.lastname@example.org> x-posted: History and Study of West Africa <H-WEST-AFRICA@H-NET.MSU.EDU> Obituary: Adrian Adams-Sow 1945-2000 We are deeply sorry to announce the death of Adrian Adams-Sow in a car accident in Senegal on August 2, 2000. Adrian had been living near Bakel, Senegal since the mid 1970s where she and her husband Diabe Sow were central figures in a farmer's movement which advocated for the rights of local farmers to make their own choices. Adrian was dedicated to a vision for the people of the Senegal River valley which recognised the knowledge and skills of local people, as well as their right to determine how best to use the resources of the river valley. It is particularly poignant that she should have died as she travelled to Dakar where she was due to meet the ministers in Senegal's new government, to explain the results of her extensive research, which are succinctly summed up in her latest publication, _Quel Avenir pour la Vallee?_, which appeared just the week before her death. Let us hope that Adrian's views and strong commitment to the valley's peoples will live on and be taken up by the government and others. Our thoughts and sympathies are with her family, colleagues and many friends in Senegal and around the world. Quel Avenir pour la Vallee? is available in French, Pulaar and Sooninke through Associates in Research and Education for Development (ARED) at email@example.com; address also below) Adams also published, over her long career in Senegal, _Le long voyage des gens du Fleuve_ (Paris, Maspero, 1977); _La terre et les gens du Fleuve_ (Paris, l'Harmattan, 1985); and with Diabe So, _A Claim to Land by the River: a Household in Senegal, 1720-1994_ (Oxford, 1995). Sonja Diallo ARED CERFLA Villa 8253, Sacre Coeur 1 BP 10 737 Dakar - Liberte, Senegal tel: 221 825 7119, 824 5098 fax: 221 824 7097 Resume francais: Perte d'un africaniste de grand merite: Adrian Adams-Sow Ce qui suit est un message redige par Sonja Diallo de Dakar, collegue et amie d'Adrian Adams, une sociologue d'origine britannique qui habite au Senegal depuis presque 30 ans. Elle est morte dans un accident de voiture au debut du mois d'aout. On donne ci-dessus une version anglaise de l'accident et de ses engagements, surtout aupres des gens de la vallee du fleuve Senegal.