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Title:The Changing Context of Land Use Decisions: Three Family Farms in the Yam Cultivation Zone of Eastern Nigeria, 1964-1977
Author:Uzozie, L.C.
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:small farms
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:Whereas the yam is the Igbo food crop par excellence there is nevertheless considerable local variation in local farming practice and land-use systems. This paper describes three farm units in different parts of Igbo country, indicating the role of, yam in the cropping system and the subtle interplay of social, economic and ecological factors involved in its continued cultivation. The three farms studied are representative of their ecological zone: the first reflecting conditions in the zone of highest population density and greatest land shortage; the second, in the more open land on the Nsukka plateau, conditions in an area where land shortage is not yet so great as to have obliterated the distinction between intensively farmed compound land and more extensively 'bush-fallowed' land; and the third, conditions of relative land-plenty in southern Igboland, where fanning systems show marked continuity with conditions before the civil war. Fig., notes, ref., tab., French sum.