Naivasha’s History: From Livestock to Flowers

  • Gerda Kuiper


This chapter describes the development of Naivasha as an agro-industrial hub: the gradual shift from a sparsely populated and livestock-dominated area to a dense, urbanizing centre of cut flower production. Naivasha has a long and distinctive history of social and environmental interventions. Moreover, ranches and farms in the area have depended on migrant labour since the early twentieth century. Nevertheless, migration to the area accelerated after the establishment of the flower industry, some 40 years ago. This chapter describes this specific history and examines how it has shaped both labour arrangements within the present-day flower farms and the relations between the residents of the workers’ settlements that have sprung up around the lake.


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  • Gerda Kuiper
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  1. 1.Global South Studies CentreUniversity of CologneKölnGermany

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