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Title:The Consequences of Land Tenure Reform Among Smallholders in the Kenya Highlands
Author:Haugerud, Angelique
Year:1983
Periodical:Rural Africana
Issue:15-16
Period:Winter-Spring
Pages:65-89
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:class formation
land reform
small farms
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Development and Technology
Abstract:This paper argues that Kenyan land tenure reform has been less important as a vehicle for capitalizing agriculture and encouraging agrarian entrepreneur ship than it has been for institutionalizing rural inequalities associated with non-farm income and access to state resources. Moreover, despite the formal system of consolidated, titled ownership, use of multiple parcels persists off the land register in association with cultivation and grazing rights based on relations of friendship, patronage, and kinship. The paper documents the extent to which these informal social relations contradict the formal system of titled ownership and briefly considers the implications of the informal system's declining capacity to absorb the landless and to slow the emergence of a rural proletariat. The analysis is based on field research in the highlands of Embu District, an area of strong anticolonial activity that was among the first to undergo land reform under the Swynnerton Plan just prior to independence. Notes, ref.
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