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Development pathways in medium to high potential Kenya: a meso-level analysis of agricultural patterns and determinants

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The key development challenge chapter one addresses is how the cases of successful intensification can be replicated or adapted in the wider highlands to overcome widespread poverty and land degradation in a manner that leads to sustainable improvement in livelihoods. What are successful land uses and management strategies, and are they feasible only in certain physical and climatic environments, or can they be catalyzed in diverse areas given proper market development The remainder of the chapter is as follows. Section 2 describes the methodology involved in the collection and analysis of the data. Section 3 identifies different development domains for rural Kenya based on population pressure, agricultural potential, and market access. Section 4 describes different types of land use strategies pursued by rural communities in Kenya. An analysis of the major underlying factors associated with observed land uses is found in Section 5. Section 6 evaluates the effects of different agricultural enterprises on wealth and natural resource management. Finally, Section 7 summarizes the key findings and discusses ways forward for policy.

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