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Title:Kerio Valley, 1973-2013: a case study of Kenyan smallholder agriculture
Authors:Östberg, WilhelmISNI
Caretta, Martina Angela
Year:2017
Periodical:African Studies (ISSN 1469-2872)
Volume:76
Issue:3
Pages:402-422
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:small farms
irrigation
livelihoods
rural development
Link:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00020184.2017.1285664
Abstract:This article examines changes during the last 40 years in a smallholder irrigation-farming community in Elgeyo-Marakwet County, Kenya. Agricultural productivity has increased thanks to improved seeds and the practice of adding manure and crop residues to fields, a very rare occurrence in the 1970s. People's range of assets, housing conditions and communications have also improved. Development agencies have had limited impact on these developments, particularly in comparison with their ambitious plans for a radical transformation of the study area. Increased yields and improved living conditions are attributed to local initiatives rather than to external interventions. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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