Survey of land use problems in Kajiado district: a review of methodology

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The purpose of this paper is to present, the methodology used in a survey of farmers and pastoralists in Kajiado District which took place in March and April 1977. The survey was designed to examine the impact on land use and society of increasing migration of farmers into areas where pastoralism is traditionally the predominant economic activity (Campbell 1977). Two areas of Kajiado District where such migration is taking place were chosen for study - Ngong Hills and Loitokitok. In Ngong the settlement of farmers in areas where rainfall and soil conditions favour agricultures has been taking place since the beginning of the century. The number of farmers has increased to such an extent that today only the western slopes of the hills remain uncultivated, though only government action is preventing settlement there. In Loitokitok the slopes of Mt* Kilimanjaro have been cleared for cultivation over the past 20 years. Today most of the land of higher potential is under crops and farmers are extending their activities onto the drier, lower slopes of the mountains and along the rivers and swamps of the area.
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Land use problems, Kajiado district
Campbell, D. J. & Mbugua, E. S. (1978) Survey of land use problems in Kajiado district: a review of methodology