Some Observations on Agriculture in Kenya 1958

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1958
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Kenya Soil Survey
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The report of the East African Royal Commission, June, 1955, gives a good picture of the changes essential in land usAfrican "cultivating communities" that resulted from the influx of Europeans into East Africa, and particularly into Kenya. The primitive conditions of life existing at that time heavily restricted both human beings and livestock in numbers. The slave trade ravaged East Africa for centuries; starvation, inter-tribal raiding, smallpox and other epidemic diseases, and very high infant mortality kept down any increase in human population. As for livestock, inter-tribal raiding, epidemic diseases including rinderpest and East Coast fever, animal predators and starvation likewise kept down increase in numbers. Until the European arrived, and assumed the responsibility in matters of both human and livestock health and safety, the shifting cultivation and migratory grazing practices of the African tribes were of minor concern.
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