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Cultivating Success in Uganda

Today's development agenda is ever more focused on results. This book raises questions about how results and outcomes are evaluated, and reflects on notions of 'success' in colonial and contemporary development policy. The first part of the book examines colonial attempts in Kigezi, in south-western Uganda, to introduce cash crops, soil conservation practices, and tenure reforms. Throughout these chapters the dominant theme concerns the enduring character of smallholder farming conducted in the context of wider economic possibilities.The second part of the book explores broader changes in Kigezi, with two restudies of colonial research. Following the lead of groundbreaking studies by Tiffen, Fairhead and Leach, this case study illustrates that the usual assumptions about population pressure and environmental change need to be questioned. It pushes this debate forward, exploring how the political economy of land and labour has been transformed alongside a more positive environmental story.
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Contents: Introduction; Colonial encounters with Kigezi agriculture: food crops & cash crops; Soil conservation in Kigezi; Land tenure in Kigezi; Land reform policies & chiefly authority; Changes in agricultural system; Livelihoods, labouring & differentiation; Conclusion.

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Grace Carswell is a Lecturer in Geography at Sussex University


A comprehensive historical study [that] offers an insightful, well-supported, engaging treatment of the development of colonial agricultural policy in Eastern Africa. CAHIERS D'ETUDES AFRICAINES An excellent source of case material and analysis of 'cultivating success'. AFRICAN STUDIES REVIEW

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