We eat trees: Tree planting and land rehabilitation in West Pokot District, Kenya: a baseline study (Working Paper)

TitleWe eat trees: Tree planting and land rehabilitation in West Pokot District, Kenya: a baseline study (Working Paper)
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1988
AuthorsÖstberg, W, Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet, Uppsala (Sweden), International Rural Development Centre
Secondary TitleForest, Trees and People Working Paper np. 82
Number of Pages123
Date Published1988
PublisherSwedish University of Agricultural Sciences, International Rural Development Centre
CityUppsala [Sweden]
Call NumberSD409.O83 1988
Keywordsafforestation; agroforestry; erosion; extension; farmer participatory research; fodder; fuelwood; grazing; herding; Kenya; land use; livestock; pastoralism; reclamation of land; reforestation; soil conservation; subsistence agriculture; tree planting; women

During early discussion with the management of the VI Tree Planting Project, it appeared to the author that there were three lodestars to guide the project's activities.

First, by enclosing waste lands and planting trees in the semi-arid parts of West Pokot district, a rapid improvement of the environment is brought about. Grass invades the enclosed areas, soil erosion is arrested, and the productivity of the land is improved. This impresses the farmers of the area, who become interested in land rehabilitation.

Secondly, in the higher potential areas of West Pokot district and in Trans Nzoia district, the project concentrates on producing and distributing seedlings of rapidly growing leguminous species. These will improve soil fertility and provide fuelwood in these densely populated and treeless areas.

Thirdly, through cooperation with the many women groups on the settlement schemes in Trans Nzoia, the project hopes to reach a large number of families and encourage them to plant trees. (author)

Research Notes

Local system: (OCoLC)20548735 Bibliography note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 121-123) Collection title: CIKARD-Center for Indigenous Knowledge in Agriculture and Rural Development. Department of Anthropology, Iowa State University

Short TitleWe eat trees

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