Islands of intensive agriculture are areas of local cultivation surrounded by low density livestock herders or extensive cultivators along the line of the east africa rift valley and in the highlands on either side communities of considerable historical depth have developed highly specialized agricultural regimes employing such labor intensive devices as furrow irrigation hillside . Islands of intensive agriculture paperback in eastern africa eastern african studies by mats widgren john eg sutton contributions by ohio university press 9780821415627 288pp publication date march 30 2004. Get this from a library islands of intensive agriculture in eastern africa past present mats widgren john edward giles sutton british institute in eastern africa stockholms universitet this book reveals complex agricultural methods and dynamic farming strategies which evolved long before colonial intervention or recent development projects. Islands of intensive agriculture in eastern africa edited by mats widgren and john e g sutton home browse academic journals history journals the international journal of african historical studies article details islands of intensive agriculture in eastern africa. Scholars took up the challenge of building dynamic models of such specialized agricultural systems through empirical fieldwork in eastern africa in the 1990s the papers they presented at an oxford environmental history conference in 1999 form the nucleus of this survey of the causes and contexts of african intensive agriculture
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