Impact of Land-use Change on Ecology, Resource Productivity and Adaptive Strategies of Smallholder Agro-Pastoralists in Machakos-Makueni Districts, Kenya

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2009
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Cheptarus, E. K.
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Kirwa Everlyne Cheptarus
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Semi-arid areas in Kenya are experiencing socio-economic processes leading to land subdivisions and subsequent changes in land-use patterns. Changes in land-use negatively affect the ecological resource base through replacement of native plant species, loss of wildlife habitats and reduced quality and quantity of water. A study was therefore carried out to analyze the impact of land subdivision and shifts from commercial ranches to smallholder agro-pastoral production systems on the ecological resource base, resource productivity and agro-pastoral adaptive strategies in Machakos and Makueni Districts. Ecological studies involved sampling for vegetation and soil attributes in 2 nonsubdivided cooperative ranches and 3 subdivided ranches with transects cutting across smallholder farms (SMFs).
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