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Settlement Size Distribution and Development in the Niger Delta Region : Policy Issues

The various sizes of spatial patterns’ settlements has considerable impact on the distribution of social and infrastructure facilities such as health, education, extension services, water and communications services. The vast proportion of the Nige…

Implications of the Global Commodity Price Slump for Zambia’s Agriculture Commentary

This Regional Economic Outlook report focuses broadly on two aspects, namely the commodity price slump as well as sustainable growth and financial development. Many key insights are offered as well as broad policy recommendations. The report makes o…

Décentralisation et Réforme Foncière au Sénégal / Decentralization and Land Reform in Senegal

This Note is organized around the assumption that the completion point of decentralization reform in Senegal must be the establishment and operation of strong sub-national institutions with subsidiary powers. It is expected that such institutions wi…

Prendre en Compte les Droits Fonciers Collectifs dans la Reforme Fonciere au Senegal / Acknowledging Collective Land Rights in the Land Reform Process in Senegal

The introduction stated : When our country becomes a vast ocean of fenced and closed land, industrial-agricultural concessions, national parks and forest reserves, we will become foreigners on the land of our ancestors. In other words, we will hav…

Natural Resource Governance in Africa No.2 Land Use

This infographic is part of a series on natural resource governance in Africa. The data in this edition no.2 is on land use. This visual representation, depicts statistical data about food security and several aspects connected to that. It commenc…

Improving the Productivity of Small Scale Cassava Farmers in Nigeria's Niger Delta through Participatory Action Research

In order to improve the productivity of small scale farmers and be successful in these endeavours, the introduction of new and modern farming techniques is essential to push for the increase both on the land and labour productivity. Modern and imp…

Taxation, Property Rights and the Social Contract in Lagos

Major taxation reforms over the past decade have been interpreted as facilitating the transformation of Lagos: once widely seen as a city in permanent crisis, it is now seen by some observers as a beacon of mega city development. Most academic atten…

Land Management - Competing Roles and Responsibilities between Ministry of Rural Development and Preservation of National Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing

This paper titled: "Competing roles and responsibilities between Ministry of Rural Development, and, Preservation of National Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, and Ministry of Lands and Rural Resett…

Local Capacities for Peace: Addressing Land-based Conflicts in Somaliland and Afghanistan

It was the aim of the project to conduct case studies on certain land conflicts in order to generate reliable knowledge on the main causes, the conflict cycle and possible mechanisms of civil conflict resolution. In both Somaliland and Afghanista…

Addressing Rural Banditry in Northern Nigeria

The study sought to identify and document the root causes, dynamics and implications of the frequent act of rural banditry and other forms of violence in Northern Nigeria, and secondly make policy recommendations on how such a serious security chall…

South Africans’ Views on Land Reform: Evidence from the South African Reconciliation Barometer

This paper has broadly explored four important aspects of land reform in South Africa, with a view to informing the present land debate with public opinion data from the SARB surveys. Firstly, by providing a historical overview of land and property…

Analysis of Factors That Dictate Farmers to Sell Their Produces Early: Implication for Seasonal Price Fluctuation

In Ethiopia, agricultural markets are characterized by seasonal price fluctuations as price seasonality is a fact of life in any agrarian production system. Prices of agricultural crops typically fall immediately after harvest and rise gradually the…

An Incentivizing System of Ownership and of Usufruct Rights

Sustained productivity growth, stretched over decades in which the majority of farmers participate in and benefit from, successfully transform agriculture. Such sustained growth requires broad-based public and private investments. Why would private …

Is Land Degradation Neutrality in Africa Possible?

At the heart of this century's top priorities are food security, environmental protection and improving the standard of living. With soaring population growth, strong industrialization exerting pressure on natural resources, and accelerating climate…

La Neutralité en Termes de Dégradation des Terres en Afrique est-elle envisageable ?/ Is Land Degradation Neutrality in Africa Possible?

At the heart of this century's top priorities are food security, environmental protection and improving the standard of living. With soaring population growth, strong industrialization exerting pressure on natural resources, and accelerating climate…

Foreign Investments and Livelihoods in Northern Zambia

This study employs a wider livelihoods approach to challenge some insular neo-classical economic narratives on the nature, process and impact of large-scale land acquisitions on smallholder farmers living on Africa’s customary land. Large-scale la…

The “Econo-Legal” Implications of Mortgage of Right of Occupancy: A Hammer or an Illusion

The Land Use Act 1978 was intended to ensure citizens access to land in Nigeria by vesting ownership of all land within the territory of a State in the Federation on the Governor of that State. However, the interpretation and operation of this Act…

Mining, Capital and Dispossession in Limpopo, South Africa

This Working Paper explains the processes by which land, water and other natural resources were seized, and their previous users dispossessed, for the purposes of capital accumulation by Ivanplats platinum mining company in Limpopo, South Africa. Th…

Accès des Femmes à la Terre au Sénégal: Quelques Leçons Tirées de l’étude de Base / Women's Access to Land in Senegal: Lessons Learned from the Baseline Study

The first results of the evaluation of the initiatives in the three (03) agroecological target zones, reveal innovative strategies and approaches that have improved the rights of women to land. Experiences demonstrating that there are not only chall…

Challenges to Relocation and Compensation of Rural Communities Displaced by Development Projects in Zimbabwe

This research paper outlines the challenges rural communities experience when they have to cede state land they are entitled to occupy and use in order to pave way for development projects. Due to weaknesses in the land tenure systems and the lack…

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