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Title:Some Problems in the Assessment of Land Shortage: A Case Study in Lesotho
Author:Hamnett, Ian
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society
Geographic term:Lesotho
Subjects:land scarcity
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Politics and Government
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/720581
Abstract:For many decades, Lesotho has been cited as one of the classic cases in Africa of the problems of increasing land shortage as a source of economic insecurity and social tensions. However, Dr Sheddick has advanced a plausible case for treating this alleged land shortage with some scepticism. The author reconsiders the thesis of Dr Sheddick. His conclusion is that though Dr Sheddick was wrong, he was wrong for the right reasons. The relevant information was not available to him, and he was justified in challenging commonly held views that bore little logical relationship to the then established facts. The intuitions and impressions of the Basotho should have proved to be so close to the tenurial situation suggested by a systematic statistical inquiry. Notes.