(Article of periodic en Anglais - 1979)

Document title

Central places in western Kenya. A comparative regional study using quantitative methods

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)



The three Western Kenya districts of Bungoma, Trans Nzoia, and West Pokot are studied as a model region for Kenya. They represent the most important spatial types of the country: an area of the former "Reserves" characterized primarily by smallholder subsistence agriculture, a part of the former "White Highlands" with European-style large scale farming and a semi-arid area characterized by extensive semi-nomadic cattle husbandry. The methodological problem of the exact definition of a "central Place" is solved in an empiric-statistical way with the help of methods such as distance grouping and nearest-neighbour analysis. The investigation uses multivariate methods (factor analysis). The results lead to proposals for regional planning. (L'A.).


Article of periodic

published at : Heidelberger geographische Arbeiten Heidelberg

Editor :

Millesime : 1979, no54  [274 pages]



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