Burkina Faso is working hard to emerge from the large-scale political and social upheaval that characterized the 18 months following the popular uprising that resulted in the resignation of President Blaise Compaoré in October 2014. In view of the presidential and legislative elections held in November 2015, and the largely successful municipal elections in May 2016, the country appears to have reached a positive turning point, although governing institutions remain in transition and fragile.
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Library ResourcePolicy Papers & BriefsJune, 2017Burkina Faso
Library ResourcePeer-reviewed publicationDecember, 2017Côte d'Ivoire
Library ResourceReports & ResearchJuly, 2017Côte d'Ivoire
The West African country of Côte d’Ivoire is divided between two large agro-ecological zones: the northern savannah zone, where food crops, cotton and livestock predominate; and the fertile forest zone of the south, where most of the country’s cash crops, including cocoa and coffee, are produced. Nearly 64% of land in Côte d’Ivoire is used for agricultural purposes, and 68% of the labor force works in agriculture.
Library ResourceLegislationApril, 2017Mali
JOURNAL OFFICIEL DE LA REPUBLIQUE DU MALI
Library ResourceReports & ResearchMarch, 2017Mauritania
Le Secrétariat a l’honneur de transmettre au Conseil des droits de l’homme le
rapport du Rapporteur spécial sur les droits de l’homme et l’extrême pauvreté, Philip
Alston sur la mission que celui-ci a réalisée en Mauritanie, du 2 au 11 mai 2016. Le
Rapporteur spécial a constaté que, si la Mauritanie avait réalisé des progrès notables dans la
lutte contre la pauvreté ces dernières années, une grande partie de la population continuait à
vivre dans une pauvreté multidimensionnelle et n’avait pas accès à une nourriture
Library ResourceReports & ResearchNovember, 2017Ethiopia
How They Tricked Us: Living with the Gibe III Dam and Sugarcane Plantations in Southwest Ethiopia, reveals the dire situation faced by the Indigenous in Ethiopia's Lower Omo Valley and calls for urgent action by the government.
For years, the Oakland Institute has raised alarm about the threats that the Gibe III Dam and sugarcane plantations pose to the local population in the region. Now, several years on, new field research reveals the true impact on the Indigenous communities, who have called the area home for centuries.
Library ResourceReports & ResearchMarch, 2017Central African Republic, Norway
Issues swirling around land across Africa have never been so central to key social and political-economic dynamics as they are at the present time. The first part of the paper briefly reviews the construction of customary tenure and the historical phases of administrative interventions into land tenure, and considers their heritage in contemporary situations.
Library ResourceReports & ResearchOctober, 2017Benin
The formalisation of local or customary land rights is often seen as a means of tackling insecurity of land tenure and encouraging investment. Several tools, such as the Rural Land Plans (PFRs) used in Benin, seem to resolve the tension between the logic of registering rights in order to increase productivity and the logic of securing complex local rights and reducing conflict. But while PFRs are potentially a good tool for dealing with complexity, current policy debate in Benin tends to focus on them as a tool for privatisation.
Library ResourceReports & ResearchMay, 2017Eastern Africa
Land degradation is a serious impediment to improving rural livelihoods in Eastern Africa. This paper identifies major land degradation patterns and causes, and analyzes the determinants of sustainable land management (SLM) in three countries (Ethiopia, Malawi and Tanzania). The results show that land degradation hotspots cover about 51%, 41%, 23% and 23% of the terrestrial areas in Tanzania, Malawi and Ethiopia respectively.
Library ResourceReports & ResearchFebruary, 2017Central African Republic
Farmers under a sharecropping contract have been shown to exert less effort than farmers renting land due to lower incentives. They do not only choose their effort level, however, but also make investment decisions between projects of different risk-return profiles. We develop a small theoretical model that integrates the effort effect of sharecropping as well as the risk-reducing aspect of sharecropping which allows analyzing the implications for production, risk-management and risk-coping.
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