chapter  3
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Historical Background to Farming in the Kano Close-Settled Zone

Although there continues to be a marked dichotomy of opinions concerning the relationship between land pressure and environmental change in the Kano CSZ, many observers would increasingly concede that the land manager should be placed at the centre of explanation. A great many researchers would also agree that such investigations must acknowledge that social and historical factors play a key role in shaping present-day relationships between land-users and their environments. The processes that infl uence an individual’s land stewardship choices are, of course, numerous and complex. All too often in the past, however, researchers and policy makers have failed to recognize the underlying socio-economic forces that drive land management decisions and remain central to studies of environmental change.