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It was used to displace those who were cultivating land they had cleared for themselves and those who had purchased their plots with goats. In Central Province some farmers had been trying to obtain title deeds to land from the 1920s and there had been attempts at consolidation since the 1930s. In order to consolidate adjacent plots had first to be redeemed. A large tract of land thus formed could then be sold for cash. All over Kenya throughout the colonial period there emerged a consciousness of the need to prevent the encroachment of the white man.

J < 2 Agricultural Change in Kenya and Uganda: A Comparison We shall begin this chapter with an account of nineteenth-century land use and land tenurial practices. Land use covers the ways in which people farm their land, the techniques of digging the ground, the division of labour between men and women and the rotations of crops to ensure the continuing fertility of the land. Land tenure defines a person's rights in holding property. Land rights were usually directly related to an individual's connections by kin.

The under-fives seem to have been under enumerated; the size of the boy population between the ages of eleven and fifteen 16 An Economic History of Kenya and Uganda 1800-1970 years seemed disproportionately large, while the girl population of the same age group seemed to be disproportionately small. There are several good reasons why ages should be misrepresented in this way. First, it is possible that parents might have been reluctant to count their very young children for fear of bad luck. Secondly it was very likely that boys of just sixteen may have been declared younger, in order to avoid their liability to pay tax, while with the girls, the situation was reversed and many fourteen-year-olds were probably declared to be fifteen-plus to make them appear to be of marriageable age.

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