Grace Carswell

Grace Carswell is a lecturer in geography at Sussex University.

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Cultivating Success in Uganda · Kigezi Farmers and Colonial Policies
By Grace Carswell

Kigezi, a district in southwestern Uganda, is exceptional in many ways. In contrast to many other parts of the colonial world, this district did not adopt cash crops. Soil conservation practices were successfully adopted, and the region maintained a remarkably developed and individualized land market from the early colonial period. Grace Carswell presents a comprehensive study of livelihoods in Kigezi.

“Carswell argues that Kigezi District is an exception to patterns of agrarian change elsewhere in colonial Africa. Its farmers rejected cash cropping, adopted soil conservation practices, and kept producing surpluses despite a rapidly increasing population.... Carswell shows that the area’s farmers rejected colonial land policies for very pragmatic reasons, but that they adopted some practices that built upon precolonial land use patterns.... (A) synthetic and meticulous study of colonial and postcolonial agrarian change.”

International Journal of African Historical Studies