Land tenure systems and their impacts on food security and sustainable development in Africa | Land Portal | Securing Land Rights Through Open Data

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Date of publication: 
December 2004
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ISBN / Resource ID: 
uneca:10855/593
Pages: 
129

This report is the first in a series of research studies that the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) will produce with a view to improving the understanding of the links between land tenure systems and sustainable development in Africa. In a continent where 80 percent of the population relies on agriculture for their livelihood, the formulation and implementation of appropriate land policies is a paramount factor in poverty reduction strategies. Research is therefore needed to help policymakers take learned decisions when addressing land tenure issues. This report was prepared by the Research in fact shows that indigenous land rights systems do not have to be communal or ambiguous and are often secure enough to meet investors’ requirements. Furthermore, traditional land tenure is often flexible enough to cope with increasing land scarcity and

can permit a gradual, “autonomous” individualization of rights. State intervention in land matters is often more harmful than benefi cial and should be undertaken only after careful analysis of the likely impact. On this evidence, the debate on land tenure should shift

from its usual focus on customary/statutory land rights to the broader issues of management of land-based resources.We hope that this work broadens perspectives on land issues and helps African countries

to design and implement reforms that take into account the specifi city of their social, economic, political, and cultural contexts.

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Established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) in 1958 as one of the UN's five regional commissions, ECA's mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development.

Made up of 54 member States, and playing a dual role as a regional arm of the UN and as a key component of the African institutional landscape, ECA is well positioned to make unique contributions to address the Continent’s development challenges.

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Established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) in 1958 as one of the UN's five regional commissions, ECA's mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development.

Made up of 54 member States, and playing a dual role as a regional arm of the UN and as a key component of the African institutional landscape, ECA is well positioned to make unique contributions to address the Continent’s development challenges.

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Established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) in 1958 as one of the UN's five regional commissions, ECA's mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development.

Made up of 54 member States, and playing a dual role as a regional arm of the UN and as a key component of the African institutional landscape, ECA is well positioned to make unique contributions to address the Continent’s development challenges.

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