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Title:Land and Population Problems in Kajiado and Narok, Kenya
Author:Sindiga, Isaac
Year:1984
Periodical:African Studies Review
Volume:27
Issue:1
Period:March
Pages:23-39
Language:English
Geographic terms:Kenya
Great Britain
Subjects:Maasai
colonialism
population pressure
Drought and Desertification
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/523948
Abstract:In Kenya Maasailand (Kajiado and Narok districts) drought is a recurrent problem for Maasai herders. Surface soil degradation and erosion are fostered by cultivation on hillsides, pasturing livestock on steep slopes with no attempt to control their movement or numbers, and farming with no soil conservation practices. The degradation of land in Maasailand can be traced to European colonization in the late nineteenth century. British colonial government intervention altered Maasai cultural ecology and had a significant impact on Maasai ecology. As a result, symptoms of pressure and stress are evident. This paper investigates specific government actions which led to population pressure in Maasailand. Initially, the paper sketches the Maasai precolonial regional setting. This is a background to the analysis of the stultifying British overrule, the development of population pressure, and the consequent degradation of resources. Map, ref., tab.
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