Cultivating Success in Uganda: Kigezi Farmers and Colonial Policies
This book raises questions about how results and outcomes of development are evaluated, and reflects on notions of ‘success’ in colonial and contemporary development policy.
The first part of the book examines colonial attempts in Kigezi in South-Western Uganda, to introduce ‘cash crops’, soil conservation practices, a resettlement scheme, and land tenure reforms. Throughout these chapters the dominant theme concerns the enduring character of smallholder farming conducted in context of wider economic possibilities.
The second part of the book explores broader changes in Kigezi, with two restudies of colonial research. Following the lead of groundbreaking studies by Tiffen, Fairhead and Leach, this case study illustrates that the usual assumptions about population pressure and environmental change need to be questioned. It pushes this debate forward, exploring how the political economy of land and labor has been transformed alongside a more positive environmental story.