Early agriculture in Egypt and Mesopotamia - History Form 1
Early agriculture in Egypt and Mesopotamia
The early man was a hunter and gatherer. As man evolved through the Stone Age, he made important discoveries one of which was domestication of animals he earlier hunted for food. This was the beginning of agriculture.
Another major development was crop farming which began around 6000 BC. Earlier on, man had depended on certain wild plants and berries.
Early Agriculture in Egypt
Agriculture in Egypt was practiced along river Nile since Egypt was a desert. It is said to have started between 5000 and 4000 BC.
By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:
1. Identify the factors that led to the development of early agriculture in Mesopotamia
2. Explain the development of early agriculture in Egypt
Factors that led to the development of Agriculture in Egypt.
Several factors led to the development of early agriculture in Egypt:
1. River Nile which provided water for irrigation
2. Fertile silt deposited in the fields during floods by river Nile and its tributaries
3. Wheat and barley were found growing wildly
4. Invention of agricultural tools such as hoes and ox drawn plough
5. Use of the shadoof irrigation
Effects of early Agriculture in Egypt
There were several effects of early agriculture in Egypt:
1. increased food production which led to increase in population
2. settled life
3. increased in trade due to surplus food
4. development of urban centers like Memphis, Thebes and Aswan. The map provided in the next page shows these towns.
5. specialization in other activities like weaving, basketry, pottery and tool making
6. discovery of writing, arithmetic, geometry and use of the calendar. This enabled the Egyptians to predict seasons and measure the farms
7. increase agricultural production supported a new class of people for example the kings, priests and soldiers
Early Agriculture in Mesopotamia
Mesopotamia means the land between two rivers, i.e. Tigris and Euphrates. These rivers were important in the development of agriculture. Mesopotamia is part of the present day Iraq. Food production in Mesopotamia began around 8000 BC and it was introduced by settlers from the Iranian plateau and the Egyptians. The Sumerians developed skills and techniques for controlling flood waters. The map provided shows fertile crescent.
EARLY AGRICULTURE IN MESOPOTAMIA
Mesopotamia means the land between two rivers, i.e. Tigris and Euphrates. These rivers were important in the development of agriculture. Mesopotamia is part of the present day Iraq. Food production in Mesopotamia began around 8000 BC and it was introduced by settlers from the Iranian plateau and the Egyptians
The Sumerians developed skills and techniques for controlling flood waters
Factors that led to the development of agriculture in Mesopotamia
Several factors led to the development of agriculture in Mesopotamia.
1. Availability of indigenous crops for example wheat, dates and barley
2. Domestication of animals for example goats, sheep and cattle for food
3. Rivers Tigris and Euphrates deposited fertile silt during the floods
4. The use of canal irrigation to grow crops.
5. The Sumerians developed skills and techniques for controlling flood waters, for example, they build dykes, ditches and canals to drain water from swampy areas.
6. The invention of ox drawn ploughs and seed drills
7. The invention of the wheel facilitated transportation of farm produce
8. Increased demand for food due to increased population
Effects of early Agriculture in Mesopotamia
Early agriculture had the following effects:
1. resulted to settled life
2. increased food production resulting in increase in population
3. emergency of urban centres for example Kish, Erindu, Uruk, Nippur, Babylon and Ur.
4. the development of trade
5. promotion of religious activities
6. emergence of rules and regulations to govern people
7. development of writing and arithmetic to help keep records. The writing developed in Mesopotamia was called cuneiform.
8. Development of farm implements such as seed drill, the hoe and ox-driven plough
9. invention of the wheel
The Agrarian Revolution
Agrarian Revolution refers to the time when sudden and radical change in agricultural practices took place.
By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:
Describe the Agarian revolution in Britain and U.S.A.
Agrarian revolution involved changes in:-
1. Use of machines
2. Enlargement of farms
3. Scientific methods of farming
4. Scientific methods of processing foods including preservation and refrigeration
Agrarian revolution in Britain
Agrarian Revolution began in Britain then spread to the rest of the world. Before the revolution, agriculture was practiced on small scale using simple tools like sticks, wooden hoes and wooden ploughs. They mainly practiced mono cropping, ie they grew only one type of crop in the same place every year.
Factors that influenced Agrarian evolution in Britain
The agrarian revolution in Britain was caused the following factors
1. demand for food by the growing urban population
2. demand for agricultural raw materials for textile industry
3. the invention of horse drawn seed drill by Jethro Tull
4. land consolidation and enclosure system
5. selective bleeding of livestock which led to increased animal products
6. introduction of new farming tools
7. use of fertilizers and crop rotation in farming
5. Another factor was selective bleeding
6. Another factor was introduction of new farming tools
7. Another factor was application of new methods of farming for example use of fertilizers and crop rotation.
8. Another factor was land enclosure systems by fencing
Land enclosure had various disadvantages:-
1. Landlessness among peasants
2. Rural Urban migration as peasants went to towns in search of alternative livelihood
3. Led to emigrants to other new lands such as USA, Australia and New Zealand
4. Exploitation of poor farmers.
Establishment of the Royal Agricultural Society in 1838 was another factor that led to agrarian revolution in Britain. This society published journals which disseminated new ideas and techniques of farming.
Effects of Agrarian revolution
Effects of Agrarian revolution in Britain include;
1. Improved methods of farming that led to increased food production
2. Increase in population
3. diversification of agriculture. Crops like clover, potatoes, beans, maize and citrus fruits were grown
4.those who lost land became landless. Landlessness led to unemployment and migratin to other parts of the world.
5.Improved road networks and transport systems
6.emergence of class of rich people in the society
7. promotion of international trade
4. Peasants became landless and were forced to move to towns
5. Mechanization of farming led to unemployment. As a result, jobless people moved to towns to get jobs
6. Establishment of large scale farming to replace subsistence farming created a class of landless people as some became farm laborers while others moved to towns and mines to look for employment.
7. It resulted to the landless peasants migrating to other parts of the world eg Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand
8 It led to improvement of transport system for example road and railways
9 It enhanced research and scientific innovations to cater for the increased needs of farmers
10 It promoted industrialization as it provided the required raw materials to the industries. Machines were used to process agricultural produce
11. It led to the rise of a class of rich people who specialized in agriculture
12. It promoted both local and international trade
13. The price of the land in Britain increased considerably
14. It resulted to improved standards of living
Agrarian revolution in U.S.A
Agrarian revolution rapidly spread to other places. One of the places where it spread to was U.S.A
It is important to review the previous lesson by looking at the highlights of agrarian revolution in Britain.The agrarian revolution in Britain was caused by some of the following factors;
1. high demand for food by the growing urban population
2. great demand for agricultural raw materials for many modern and improved textile factories
3. mechanization introduced by Jethro Tull, especially the invention of horse drawn seed drill
By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:
1. identify the factors that led to the development of agriculture in USA
2. explain how agrarian revolution developed
3. discuss the effects of development of agriculture in USA
Factors that led to the development of agriculture in USA
Agrarian revolution did not only take place in Britain, but also spread to other areas. An example is agrarian revolution in the USA. The factors that led to the development of agriculture in USA include
1. land enclosure system in Britain that left many people landless. This made them to move to America where they got involved in agriculture
2. religious / political differences in Britain and other parts of Europe such as German, France etc forced many Europeans to migrate and settle in America
3. laborers and craftsmen from Britain migrated to USA in search of better lives
4. relocation of prisoners who found an opportunity in farming
Other factors that contributed to agarian revolution in USA included The teaching of agricultural economics, discovery of the preservation methods and government assistance in the form of grants.
It is also important to note that the development of Agriculture in USA existed even before the coming of the Europeans.
5. The teaching of agricultural economics, i.e. use of agricultural fertilizers and introduction of the spinning wheel.
6. discovery of the preservation methods
7. government assistance in the form of grants
The development of agriculture was gradual. It is important to note that agriculture existed in America even before the coming of Europeans. The indigenous people used to grow crops such as
In the 17th century, European settlers started to establish settlement in North America. This was due to favorable climate in USA. With increased migration to USA, the agrarian revolution started in the 18th century. It was characterized by modern plantations, estate farming, crop joining, and the use of hybrid seeds, animals and farm machinery. Another notable feature of agrarian revolution in USA was the introduction of new technology in farming. In 1863, the homesteads act legalized individual land ownership.
Effects of Agrarian revolution in U.S.A
Agrarian revolution had various effects. Some of these are;
1. food shortage was common due to harsh climate or failure in rainfall
2. population increase
3. diversification of agriculture as indigenous crops were improved besides animal husbandry
4. these changes gave rise to more research and scientific innovation
5. increased industrialization as many factories were opened to process agricultural products
6. The expansion in agricultural production led to increase in trade between the USA and Western Europe
The expansion in agricultural production led to increase in trade between the USA and Western Europe
The food situation in Africa and other Third World Countries
The term Third World refers to less developed countries most of which are found in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
These countries have some common characteristics. They;
1.were once colonized
2.have weak economies.
3. experience constant food shortages.
4. rely on the developed countries for aid.
5. some political instabilities.
6. have chronic food shortages.
Third world countries in most cases are unable to feed their populations and often rely on food relief from international organizations.
The food situation in Africa and other Third World Countries
By the end of this lesson you should be able to:
1. Identify the causes of food shortages in Africa and the rest of the Third World.
2. Discuss the effects of food shortages in Africa and the rest of the Third World.
3. Discuss the remedies of food shortage in Africa and the rest of the Third World
Factors contributing to food shortages in Third World countries
Several factors have contributed to food shortages in Third World countries. These include:
1. High rate of population growth in the Third World compared to the rate of food production.
2. Poor methods of farming:
3. Inadequate funds for agricultural practices
4. Adverse climatic conditions
5. Natural calamities such as draught and floods
7. Over-emphasis on cash crops:
8. Rural-urban migration leading to shortage of labour on the farms
9. Political instability which affects agricultural production
10. Poor infrastructure for example roads and railways
11. Pests and diseases which affect food production
12. Poor and inadequate storage facilities for storage of surplus produce.
13. HIV and AIDS and other tropical diseases that reduce productivity in labour force
14. Poor economic planning
15. Neglect of indigenous drought-resistance crops
Effects of food shortage in Africa and other Third World countries
Food shortage has led to devastating effects in the Third World countries. These include:
1. Loss of lives
2. Increasing suffering among the people for example malnourished mothers will deliver sickly and weak children.
3. Social problems in the society for example raiding neighboring communities.
4. Rise in number of refugees as people flee their countries due to drought and famine.
5. Under-development because a lot of money is used on importation of food.
6. Dependence on food aid from developed countries.
7. Unemployment due to collapse of the agricultural industries.
Remedies to food shortage in the Third World
Third World countries have taken several steps to alleviate the problem food shortage;
1. Introduction of new methods of farming which have resulted to increased production.
2. More land has been brought under irrigation to counter the inadequate rainfall. Click on play button to view movie on irrigation .
3. More land has been reclaimed hence increasing arable land.
4. Good storage facilities have been built to minimize the loses.
5. Government should formulate better food policies. This enhances utilization of available land.
6. Governments should intervene to stop civil strife by peaceful means. This will ensure that the resources in those countries are used effectively.
7. Mobilization of funds by the government to boost agricultural production.
8. Farmers should be encouraged to grow drought resistant crops such as sorghum, yams, millet and cassava.
9. Developing countries should improve their transport networks so that farm produce can be transported easily to the market.
10. Establishments of co-operative society which assist the farmers in accessing credit facilities, marketing produce and getting farm inputs.
The clip shows irrigation taking place.
Steps taken by the Kenyan Government to solve food shortage
1. Extensive research has been carried out in research institutions for example the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI). This has led to the production of hybrid crops like maize. Other institutions include I C I PE (International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology), International Livestock Research Institute (I L R I)
2. Genetically engineered crops and animals which have been introduced in the Kenyan agricultural sector. For example bananas that are resistant to pests and diseases have been developed by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and K A R I.
3. Establishment of Agricultural Training Institutions to train experts like agricultural officers, veterinary doctors and horticulture experts. Examples of such institution are J K U A T and University of Nairobi.
4. The government has introduced the teaching of agriculture in the school curriculum.
5. The government has educated people on the need for family planning.
6. The government has formulated a food security policy to enhance production in the country.
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