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Title:Islands of intensive agriculture in Eastern Africa: past & present
Editors:Widgren, MatsISNI
Sutton, John E.G.ISNI
Series:Eastern African studies
City of publisher:Oxford
Publisher:James Currey
ISBN:0852554273; 0821415611; 082141562X; 0852554281
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
Subjects:agricultural history
land use
agricultural land
Abstract:This collective volume reveals complex agricultural methods and dynamic farming strategies which evolved in eastern Africa long before colonial intervention or recent development projects. These indigenous sytems allowed intensive exploitation of all usable land. Using geographical, climatological, ecological, anthropological, historical and archaeological perspectives, the studies examine 'islands' where intensive devices and integrated systems have been developed and maintained. These islands of intensive local cultivation were surrounded by a low-density 'sea' of livestock herders or extensive cultivators. Contributions: Towards a historical geography of intensive farming in eastern Africa, by Mats Widgren; The expansion of Marakwet hill-furrow irrigation in the Kerio Valley of Kenya, by Wilhelm Östberg; Agricultural intensification and social stratification: Konso in Ethiopia contrasted with Marakwet, by Elizabeth Watson; The history of Iraqw intensive agriculture, Tanzania, by Lowe Börjeson; Institutionalized exchange as a driving force in intensive agriculture: an Iraqw case study, by Vesa-Matti Loiske; Engaruka: the success and abandonment of an integrated irrigation system in an arid part of the Rift Valley, c. 15th to 17th centuries, by John E.G. Sutton; When islands expand: intensification and sustainability, by William M. Adams. [ASC Leiden abstract]