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Title:The effects of population pressure on the environment: an example of land use crisis of a Kenyan village
Author:Ngugi, George NjugunaISNI
Periodical:Discovery and Innovation (ISSN 1015-079X)
Issue:Special issue
Notes:biblio. refs., ills., maps
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
Environment, Ecology
environmental degradation
land use
Demographic pressures
Abstract:This paper presents an account of some aspects leading to environmental degradation in Kenya, by specifically looking at the land uses in a rural setting - Mai-ai-ihii village in Kiambu District, Kenya. The village is approximately 4.5 square km with about 200 persons per square km and 7 people per household. Land distribution displays an unequal pattern with 88.54 percent of households owning less than 4 acres. This makes it clear that there is serious land squeeze due to the competing land uses. The study reveals that 2.1 acres of land for fuelwood production and 2 acres of land for maize production are needed. Given the current average farm size of 3.1 acres in the study area, there is deficit of 1.0 acre; coupled with demographic pressure, this contributes to the environmental degradation. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French.