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Small scale farmers’ tree planting practices: Impacts of tenure and size of land, Thuti sublocation, Kenya
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The forest cover in Kenya has decreased from 12 percent in 1970s and currently the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization categorized Kenya as a country of low forest cover of less then two percent of the country’s total area. Therefore it is of great importance to investigate current tree planting practices. This thesis analyses the relation between land tenure and size applied through subdivisions of land, and small-scale farmers’ tree planting practices, concentrating in the geographical area of Thuti sublocaltion in the Central highlands, Kenya. With the intention to understand the local farmers’ experience interviews have been conducted in combination with a variety of sources and methods which enables an analysis of different scale levels, from global to household level. Although, Thuti is highly dependent on agriculture and have beneficial environmental conditions for tree planting. Farmers’ attitude to tree planting has varied due to historical changes, colonial pressure has been replaced by farmers’ willingness to improve their livelihood. This study shows that farmers adapt a long-term land use perspective depending on traditional inheritance rather than land tenure and therefore, question established perspectives of private tenure. The results are dual according to reduction of land size, while several farmers argue that trees compete for space, others argue that reduced size lead to more efficient land use. Additionally, it is evident that trees on farms save money and time and contributes to livelihood improvements.

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2012. , 60 p.
Keyword [en]
Agroforestry, Kenya, Land size, Land tenure, Livelihood, Subdivision, Tree planting
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Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-74455OAI: diva2:509483
2012-01-12, 09:00 (English)
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-03-13 Created: 2012-03-13 Last updated: 2012-03-13Bibliographically approved

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