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Pastoral Production in Colonial Kenya: Lessons from the Past?

  • Richard Waller

This article examines the troubled course of attempts to modernize and control pastoral production in Kenya over the last hundred years. It begins with an overview of changes in pastoralism to provide context and then gives more detailed consideration to the failure of colonial attempts to manage livestock resources. Finally, it discusses recent developments in relation to the past. It argues that study of pastoralism's past offers valuable lessons and provides insights into its present and possible future.


Cet article examine les difficultés rencontrées au cours des tentatives de modernisation et de contrôle de la production pastorale au Kenya au cours des cent dernières années. Il commence par une vue d'ensemble sur les transformations progressives des pratiques pastorales pour fournir un contexte historique, et se penche ensuite sur des considérations plus détaillées concernant les échecs des tentatives coloniales de gestion des ressources en bétail. Pour finir, cet article évalue les développements récents en comparaison avec les pratiques du passé. Il soutient que l'étude de l'histoire du pastoralisme offre des leçons utiles ainsi qu'un aperçu de son évolution présente et de son potentiel futur.

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