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THE COLONIAL PERIOD: 1880-1960 An analysis of agricultural development in the postindependence period since 1960 should be rooted in an understanding of colonial strategies. Colonial strategies varied widely throughout Africa and it is difficult to generalize about the impact of these strategies. British colonial policy in Kenya, for example, promoted extensive European settlements. M. P. K. Sorenson's  assessment of Kenyan agriculture during the colonial period reveals that much of the best land was reserved for Europeans starting in the late 1890s.
By now it has become quite clear that this cannot be done by economics alone. It is for this reason that the decline of development economics cannot be fully reversed: our subdiscipline had achieved its considerable luster and excitement through the implicit idea that it could slay the dragon of backwardness virtually by itself or, at least that its contribution to this task was central. We now know that this is not so; a consoling thought is that we may have gained in maturity what we have lost in excitement.
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A Survey of Agricultural Economics Literature: Agriculture in Economic Development, 1940s to 1990s by Lee Martin