International Development, Community, and Environment

Title

Traditional Village Institutions in Environmental Management: Erosion Control in Katheka, Kenya

Document Type

Report

Abstract

Twice in the history of Katheka Sublocation, Machakos District, its residents have been involved in the construction of bench terraces to control erosion and stabilize agricultural productivity. The first effort was coerced, resisted, and not sustained. The second effort began in the early 1970s and continues today. Fifteen traditional volunteer mwethya groups have been revitalized and have constructed over 20 kilometers of bench terraces and almost 100 check dams. Specific policy and programming recommendations for the government of Kenya and the development assistance community are presented. -from Authors

Publication Title

From the Ground Up Case Study Series - World Resources Institute

Publication Date

1-1-1991

Volume

1

First Page

1

Last Page

34

ISBN

9789966410191

Keywords

citizen participation, soil conservation, terracing, Kenya, Katheka

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