An Economic History of Kenya and Uganda 1800–1970 by Anne King

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The men had borne the major share of the war- 12 An Economic History of Kenya and Uganda 1800-1970 time losses and probably suffered most from the diseases which followed; the women who suxvived this period to bear more children, and then their children themselves, were able to begin to make up the deficiency. Population growth since 1924 From the middle of the 1920s it is likely that the population began to grow, slowly in the late twenties and thirties and thereafter more rapidly. The following table, based on research carried out by D.

Uganda's population had increased at roughly the same rate as Kenya's, and the rate of increase appears to be rising. Uganda's population had almost doubled in twenty-one years. The figures for both countries are set out below. 2 Total population of Kenya and Uganda 1948 1959 1962 1969 Uganda 4,960,000 6,537,000 Kenya 5,407,000 8,365,000 10,942,000 9,526,000 (Figures corrected to nearest 1000) If the rate of increase continues at the same pace (the if, of course is always highly problematical in demographic studies) then both Kenya and Uganda will have populations of about 30 millions by about 2009.

Another important constraint was poor diet. Inadequate diet tends to lower resistance to disease and thus render diseases more effective as constraints on population growth themselves. Of course any diet can only be described as 'poor' in relative terms; here we mean 'poor' in comparison to the standards worked out as the basis of adequate nutrition by the United Nations- diets which include regular meat, fish, green vegetables and fruits. By these standards it seems that many East Africans were taking inadequate diets in this period.

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