Topics: Economic Development
Developing a National Land Policy in Uganda: A Learning Process
This paper details and assesses National Land Policy development process in Uganda, and in so doing, examines its potential to be the source of lessons for other countries developing politically sensitive policy reforms. The paper describes the background to the National Land Policy in Uganda, the policy development process, and a few illustrative pragmatic lessons learned in the process, citing examples from the text. | Download PDF (160KB)
A Case for Farmers and Rural Communities’ Right to Compensation Under China’s Natural Forest Protection Program (NFPP)
China’s Natural Forest Protection Program (NFPP) is credited with helping protect 100 million hectares of Forestland. More than one third of that forestland is actually owned collectively by farmers. Because of the logging ban, farmers and rural communities, traditionally dependent upon mountains and forests for basic livelihood, cannot harvest trees or develop the land for other purposes. These farmers, who typically live in China’s poorest regions have not been compensated for their income loss. This paper takes stock of the policy, legal and social reasons to reform the NFPP so that affected farmers and communities are properly compensated and focuses on the implications of two possible approaches to reforming the system. | Download PDF (1.5MB)
Secure Land Rights as a Foundation for Broad-Based Rural Development in China: Results and Recommendations from a Seventeen-Province Survey
Land rights in China could assist sustainable development and the livelihoods of over 750 million rural people. This report presents the findings and implications of Landesa’s 2008 edition of their recurring nationwide survey conducted in China on farmers’ land rights. The results and recommendations are available on the publisher’s website: the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR).
Issue Brief: Is Bigger Better?
The assumption that large-scale mechanized agriculture is more productive and efficient than small family farms is influencing agricultural development policy around the world. From China to Ethiopia, developing countries are moving toward corporate farming as a way to boost production and jump-start agricultural development. But the basis of their strategy, the assumption that bigger farms are better farms, is one of the most enduring myths in global development.
Issue Brief: The Land Rush
An issue brief outlining the historical context, facts, misconceptions, risks, benefits, recommendations for investors, and resources for further reading.
Productivity of Intensively Used Homestead Plots in a Central Javan Village
Women and Vulnerable Groups in Land Dispute Management
This report, written for USAID, provides recommendations for ensuring that women and vulnerable groups participate in, and benefit from, any follow-on assistance related to the resolution of land disputes in Rwanda | download PDF
West Bengal’s Bargadars and Land Ownership
A 2004 Artitcle written by Landesa staff and published in Economic and Political Weekly
The UN’s Empty Plan for Poverty
An Article from the Far Eastern Economic Review by Roy Prosterman | download PDF
The Rural Land Question in China; Analysis and Recommendations based on a 17-province Survey
An analysis published in New York University Journal of International Law and Politics, 2006 | download PDF