Cultivating Their Own: Agriculture in Western Kenya during the "Development" Era [Hardback]

Muey C. Saeteurn(Author); Muey Muey Saeteurn(Author)

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ISBN: 9781580469791 | Published by: University of Rochester Press | Series: Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora | Volume: 90 | Year of Publication: 2020 | Language: English 222p, H9 x W6, 4 b/w, 2 line illus.
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Cultivating Their Own

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After more than fifty years of development, why have interventions and aid failed to yield greater poverty alleviation in Sub-Saharan Africa? Why did the agricultural development projects that were transpiring in places like Kenyaduring the "development era" of the 1950s and 1960s not take-off? Cultivating Their Own: Agriculture in Western Kenya during the "Development" Era explores these questions and others that continue to drive the research agendas of international aid agencies and development scholars in the twenty-first century. The book centers on four agricultural development projects unfolding in a densely populated rural area of western Kenya during the country'stransition to independence and its first few years under de facto one-party rule. Drawing on an array of primary sources and oral interviews, Saeteurn argues that the project of agrarianism failed to germinate in places like western Kenya because of competing interests, conflicting agendas, and structural problems inherent in the process of development at the international, national, and local level. Cultivating Their Own is a timely reminder of theimportance of paying attention not only to local people's aspirations but also to the realities of rural life when creating projects that mobilize agriculture for poverty reduction.

Table of Contents

Introduction
The Role of Agriculture in Kenya's Political Economy in the Era of Transition and Independence
Western Kenya's Region, People, and the Origins of Population Density
Chavakali Secondary School: A place of learning and farming
Doing Their Part': 4-K Farmers Clubs
Friends and Acres: The Friends Africa Mission Stewardship Program
"Home is Home": The Lugari Settlement Scheme and Maragoliland

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