; PEASANT RESPONSE TO AGRICULTURAL INNOVATIONS: LAND CONSOLIDATION, AGRARIAN DIVERSIFICATION AND TECHNICAL CHANGE. THE CASE OF BUNGOMA DISTRICT IN WESTERN KENYA, 1954-1960
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PEASANT RESPONSE TO AGRICULTURAL INNOVATIONS: LAND CONSOLIDATION, AGRARIAN DIVERSIFICATION AND TECHNICAL CHANGE. THE CASE OF BUNGOMA DISTRICT IN WESTERN KENYA, 1954-1960

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[...] a process of land registration would create a market in land, thereby enabling the farmer to procure financial credit through the offering of land as collateral or security to financial institutions.15 Another key aspect of the Swynnerton Plan which derived directly from the foregoing emphasis on land tenure reform was the advantage to be reaped from individual farm planning which would be facilitated through the extension of technical advice to farmers in African reserves. [...] rather than regarding consolidation and enclosure as an end in themselves, these reforms were to herald the onset of a major agrarian transformation in African reserves.\n This initial planting involved the participation of 361 households, the majority of whom planted approximately one fifth of an acre.71 The enthusiasm with which households in Bungoma district soon embraced the cultivation of coffee was evidenced by the establishment and the commencement of operations by the first coffee factory in North Nyanza at Chwele in 1954.72 This factory was expected to handle some 15 tons of coffee during the 1954 season.73 Furthermore, a second factory at Chesikaki, also within Bungoma district, was almost complete by the end of 1 954.

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