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Type Conference Paper - International Workshop on Africa Water Laws: Plural Legislative Frameworks for Rural Water Management in Africa
Title Hydronomics and terranomics in the Nyando basin of Western Kenya
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Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2005
URL https://dlc.dlib.indiana.edu/dlc/bitstream/handle/10535/5055/ONYANGO-L.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
Abstract
This paper uses the concepts of hydronomics as systems of rules that define water management and
terranomics as systems of rules that define land management and explores their linkages in rainfed
agriculture and irrigation areas in the Nyando basin. The upper reaches of the basin have experienced a
change from large scale commercial farming to more intensive small holder farming while in the flood prone
lower reaches of the basin several irrigation schemes have been set up. The basin has a complex history of
settlement, irrigation development and land tenure over the last 50 years, resulting in distinct patterns of
poverty, land use, water management and land tenure across the basin. The changes in management of land
have a corresponding effect on access to and use of water in the basin but there are no corresponding policy
changes to ensure that no one is losing out.

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