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Islands of Intensive Agriculture in Eastern Africa (Eastern African Studies)by Mats Widgren
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ISLANDS OF INTENSIVE AGRICULTURE are areas of local cultivation surrounded by low-density livestock herders or extensive cultivators. Along the line of the East Africa Rift Valley, and in the highlands on either side, communities of considerable historical depth have developed highly specialized agricultural regimes, employing such labor-intensive devices as furrow irrigation, hillside terracing, and stall-feeding of cattle. This collection continues the advance in the understanding of African agricultural practices through the combination of geographical, ethnographic, and archaeological research, concentrating on actual fields, farming strategies, and cultivation techniques.
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Widgren (geography, Stockholm University, Sweden) and Sutton, former director of the British Institute in Eastern Africa, assemble geographers, anthropologists, climatologists, and ecologists to reveal complex indigenous farming methods used in parts of arid Eastern Africa to create "islands" of intensive agriculture. B&w photos are included. Earlier versions of most of the papers in this collection were prepared for a July 1999 conference held at Oxford University, and bound in 1999 as Working Paper No. 43 of the Environment and Development Studies Unit of Stockholm University.
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