Uganda: Land Fragmentation Worries

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By AllAfrica

Land fragmentation is threatening food security in the western district of Kyenjojo. Records from the district production department show that each home has an average of 1.5 acres to grow food crops, compared to seven acres 10 years ago.

Traditionally, communities in Kyenjojo partition their land into small plots that are shared amongst family members. As a result, the small pieces of land cannot support commercial farming that usually requires huge chunks of land.

Some farmers have resorted to growing lesser quantities of food on the available pieces of land, while others are spending too much money on renting huge chunks of land.