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Title:Changing rural land use: evidence of a transition to sedentary agriculture among shifting cultivators of Solwezi District of North Western Province, Zambia
Author:Kajoba, Gear M.ISNI
Year:1993
Periodical:Review of Rural and Urban Planning in Southern and Eastern Africa
Issue:1
Pages:6-31
Language:English
Geographic term:Zambia
Subjects:Kaonde
land use
agricultural land
shifting cultivation
Abstract:The predominant mode of rural land use among the Kaonde people of Solwezi District of North Western Province, Zambia, has always been shifting cultivation ('chitemene'), traditionally linked to low population pressures, poor soils and high rainfall situations. However, surveys conducted in 1991 and 1992 provide evidence of a transition to sedentary and semicommercial agriculture. This process of change is related to the use of chemical fertilizers and the cultivation of maize as a cash crop. The process is partly a spontaneous reaction to the availability of improved inputs and the existence of urban markets, and partly the result of interventions by the government and by NGOs in terms of infrastructure provision, agricultural extension, and above all agricultural pricing policies. Bibliogr.
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