Social relations and Land use practices

Published: 16 May 2023| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/dg46mj6bkw.1
Margaret Githinji


This data set was obtained from Mt. Kenya region with the intent to explore effect of social relations on farmer land-use decisions. Social relations were conceptualized using Kemper's theory on status-power and reference groups. We hypothesized that farmers, consciously or unconsciously, choose land-use options that are pleasing to their reference groups (e.g family, government, neighbours...). To test this, we collected this data that comprise 4 sections. 1) Farmer's socio demographics; 2) Land-use practices( these were the crops that farmers had on their farms at the time of data collection); 3) reference groups with their corresponding ranks/ level of importance range , where 1 is very important, 8 is least important; 4) perceived opinion of reference groups (what a farmer believes their reference groups would like/not like them to farm, where 1- very unpleased, 2- unpleased, 3- neutral, 4- pleased, 5 very pleased.



Wageningen University and Research Wageningen Environmental Research


Agriculture Land Use, Sustainable Agriculture, Irrigation Water, Arid Region, Sociality


Wageningen University and Research