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Title:Development in Kenya: Drought, Desertification and Food Scarcity
Author:Hogg, Richard
Year:1987
Periodical:African affairs: the journal of the Royal African Society
Volume:86
Issue:342
Period:January
Pages:47-58
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:agricultural policy
droughts
Drought and Desertification
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/722865
Abstract:This article is about the effects of development on desertification in two pastoral areas of northern Kenya, Turkana and Isiolo Districts. The author argues that desertification in both areas has been largely caused by ill-conceived development, which has encouraged population and livestock concentration and, in particular, the growth of villages and towns. This development is a result of a government policy which emphasizes settlement (in the interests of national unity) and agriculture (to increase food production and to combat desertification) rather than pastoral nomadism. Any solution to the problem of desertification depends on a reversal of this policy and a clear commitment to the principles of nomadic pastoralism. Notes, ref.
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