A feasibility of land consolidation in kigezi region, south western Uganda: a solution to land fragmentation, land shortage, farmer’s productivity and economic development
Kabale University Interdisciplinary Research Journal
The cooperative societies which have existed in Uganda for a longtime have been mainly on Agricultural products and marketing and not necessarily on land use management and productivity. This article therefore, is about land use management and the reverse of the effects of land fragmentation and their related problems such as land conflicts, population pressure, poverty, productivity, and land scarcity and the solutions to these problems. The idea of land consolidation is being introduced in the article as putting together plots or pieces of land which exist in Kigezi Region, with the aim of making them economically viable and more productive per unit of investment. This need not change the amount of land owned and controlled by individuals, and therefore not necessarily an instrument of social justice but an answer to land scarcity and fragmentation in Kigezi Region. The article compares the benefits of the land under fragmentation and the land under consolidation systems and recommends strategies to transform Kigezi Region’s informal and subsistence farming system to modern, commercial agriculture to achieve food security and increase incomes of the population and economic development of the area.
Land; Consolidation; Fragmentation; Shortage; Farmers; Productivity