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Title:Settlement schemes as centres of socio-economic change: the case of Nyansiongo scheme, Nyamira District, Nyanza Province, Kenya
Author:Subbo, Wilfred K.ISNI
Year:2003
Periodical:Discovery and Innovation (ISSN 1015-079X)
Volume:15
Issue:1-2
Period:June
Pages:98-105
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
Subjects:settlement schemes
development
farmers
rural development
Human settlements
Economic and social development
Smallholders
Land settlement
Nyanza Province (Kenya)
External link:https://www.ajol.info/index.php/dai/article/view/15631
Abstract:Based on data from fieldwork conducted between November 1989 and February 1990 as well as literature research, this paper examines the direction and magnitude of social and economic change that has occurred among the resettled farmers of the Nyansiongo scheme (Nyamira District, Nyanza Province, Kenya). The household was the unit of analysis.The findings indicate that, overall, Abagusii farmers in Nyansiongo settlement have undergone significant socioeconomic transformations. They enjoy a higher standard of living than they did in the pre-settlement area. They now have bigger pieces of land that they utilize for the production of more food and cash crops. Most of them derive adequate income from their farming activities, which they invest in both farming and non-farming ventures. Socially, the resettlers have to a large extent adapted to the new environment by leading lifestyles that tend to be urban-oriented, characterized by investing in the environment, and being more individualistic and self-reliant. In brief, they have taken up farming as a commercial activity. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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