• Hans Ruthenberg
Part of the Afrika-Studien book series (AFRIKA-STUDIEN, volume 10)


Kenya is at a particularly vulnerable stage of economic development:
  • The agricultural economy relies heavily on the activity of minority groups which will have to give way to Africanisation. In Tanzania and Uganda the dependence on European or Asian enterprise is far less pronounced.

  • Rural areas are full and the population is increasing more rapidly than elsewhere in East Africa. There is less free arable land which can act as a sponge to absorb surplus population than in Tanzania or Uganda.

  • A significant percentage of the population, and one much higher than in Uganda or Tanzania, has been brought into the exchange economy, either as labourers or as cash crop farmers. Thus the traditional contentment with things as they were has largely disappeared.

  • The only major industry to rely on is agriculture.

  • The returns of agriculture are insecure because of the dependence on an unreliable rainfall.


Agricultural Development Full Cost Major Industry Land Consolidation Small Loan 
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