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Periodical article Periodical article
Title:Land Tenure Reform in Kenya's Southern Kilifi District, 1955-1987
Author:Ciekawy, D.
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Research & Development
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:Land - tenure
Economy - differentiation
Kilifi - district
Abstract:Customary Mijikenda land tenure in Kilifi District, Coast Province, Kenya, specifies the collective ownership of inalienable land and maintains a separation between the ownership of land and the ownership of trees. In contrast, land tenure under the reform programme of the Kenya government attempts to individualize landownership and to introduce freehold status, while discouraging the ownership of trees independently of land. This paper describes customary land law in Kenya, land tenure under Kenya's national reform, and the reform implementation in one location of Kilifi District (Kambe-Ribe location). Next, it examines land cases in which the principles of customary land tenure have been in conflict with the aims of the reform. Finally, it discusses the social consequences of land tenure reform in this location, using a variety of information from land disputes, agricultural production, household economics and inheritance. (Source: ASC Documentation).