Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963893 | Print ISBN: 9781412958783 | Online ISBN: 9781412963893| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Robin S. Corfield
A FORMER FRENCH colony, Chad has a land area of 495,753 sq. mi. (1,284,000 sq. km.), with a population of 10,146,000 (2005 est.), and a population density of 20.4 people per sq. mi. (7.9 people per sq. km.). Although 85 percent of the people work in agriculture, only three percent of the land is arable; a further 36 percent of land is used for pasture, much of it with extremely poor soil. Some 2 ...