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Title:Consequences of relative land scarcity
Authors:Hekken, Pieternella Maria vanISNI
Thoden van Velzen, BonnoISNI
City of publisher:Leiden
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:social inequality
rural areas
land scarcity
Abstract:The first of two papers dealing with the consequences of relative land scarcity in Rungwe District, Tanzania, based on research carried out in 1966-1968. The authors present data on differential access to land in the district and discuss the use which rich peasants make of their wealth to exert power at village level. They also focus attention on some of the consequences of economic differentiation for government agencies and programmes and efforts to implement ujamaa policy. They conclude that in the communities of Ngamanga, Buloma and Jerusalem, land forms a closed resource and is unequally distributed among the peasants. In other communities there is still open land but the better fields - river plots in Itumba and pyrethrum plots in Ibala - are scarce and are in the hands of a minority of the peasants. The authors contend that this relative scarcity of land forms the single most important factor for the emerging pattern of social inequality in rural Tanzania.