An historical dimension of the food crisis in Africa: surviving famines along the Kenya coast, ca. 1880-1980
Herlehy, Thomas J.
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This paper is a case study of famine along the Kenya coast, illustrating how the Mijikenda peoples in particular survived the food crises that afflicted them between 1880. and 1980. There are nine Mijikenda peoples who inhabit the coastal territory extending from Vanga in the south, to Malindi in the north, but the vast majority live in the hinterland between Mombasa and Kilifi. In particular, this is a case study of the ARavai, ARihe, AKambe, AGiriama and ADuruma coconut palm cultivators, cattle herders, and grain farmers in the region between Mazeras, Kaloleni and Mariakani.2 The Mijikenda share this territory with AKamba cattle herders who migrated to the Mariakani area during the early and mid-19th century, seeking relief from famines in Ukambani, and with Swahili farmers and estate owners who inhabit the coast itself and land as far west as Jomvu.
African Studies Center Working Paper No. 87
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