Table 2. Stated reasons for burning, separated by age and wealth groups.

Age group Young Middle Old
Wealth group poor poor mid. rich poor mid. rich Tot.
Number of informants 2 3 3 1 2 3 4 18
Reasons for burning:
To improve pasture quality 2 (2) 2 (2) 3 (3) 1 (1) 2 (2) 2 (1) 4 (4) 16 (15)
To get rid of a stinging caterpillar 1 3 (1) 3 1 2 3 (1) 4 17 (2)
To get rid of hiding places for hyena/leopard 2 2 3 1 2 2 (1) 4 16 (1)
To facilitate cattle movement 1 1
All informants spontaneously gave three different reasons for burning (except two informants who each stated only one reason). The number of informants who stated a particular reason first (indicating its importance) is given in brackets. The total number of informants who cited each reason is given in the right column.
The informants are divided into the age groups Young (20 to 29 years), Middle-aged (30 to 49 years), and Old (50 to ~90 years).