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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 A...

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. ...

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 cha...

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 la...

Building an Effective Advocacy Movement for Sustainable and Equitable Agricultural Development in Africa Modernisation of Smallholder Agriculture and Policy Making in Uganda

"Agriculture is the backbone of Uganda’s economy and an important driver of economic development and poverty reduction. Approximately 73% of Ugandans depend on agriculture. However, the sector currently faces many multifaceted challenges which in...

Building an Effective Advocacy Movement for Sustainable and Equitable Agricultural Development in Africa / Advocacy for Sustainable and Equitable Agricultural Development: The Case of Malawi

"Malawi has several Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) that work within the agricultural sector. These CSOs advocate on behalf of the smallholder farmers for a more enabling environment to improve smallholder farmers’ productivity including bette...

En Conférence à l’Endss : La Goana va Conduire à une Révolte Paysanne, prédit Jacques Faye / Conference at the Endss: the Goana Will Lead to a Peasant Revolt, Jacques Faye Predicts

"By taking a 1,000ha of land in each rural community, the Goana Plan may deprive the peasants. The latter statement, according to Jacques Faye, former Director of the Senegalese Agricultural Research Institute (Isra), will not be allowed. Revolt t...

L’Etat ne Peut plus Continuer à Contourner la Réforme Foncière / The State can no Longer Continue to Work Around the Land Reform

"In Senegal, only 65% of arable land are operated at the time when the country is facing a true puzzling food problem. Faced with this situation, the reform of the national domain law remains a pathway of hope if the land are not sold to agro-busi...

Land for Agricultural Development in the Era of 'Land Grabbing': A Spatial Exploration of the 'Marginal Lands' Narrative in Contemporary Ethiopia

"In response to concerns over the potential of land leases for new agricultural projects to displace rural populations and impact food security, the Ethiopian government asserts that only ‘marginal’, ‘barren’ or ‘wasteland’ is being leased to inve...

Conservation and Ecotourism on Privatised Land in the Mara Kenya: The Case of Conservancy Land Leases

"This paper investigates private sector investment in conservation and ecotourism through conservancy land leases in the Mara region of Kenya. In a recent and growing tourism development, groups of Maasai landowners are leasing their parcels of l...

An Investigation of the Political Economy of Land Grabs in Malawi: The Case of Kasinthula Cane Growers Limited (KCGL)

"This study aims to understand the nature of land grabs in Malawi and their implications on food security. It employs a political economy theoretical framework in the quest to establish different underlying interests held by different actors and h...

AGC-PAC Field Report: Technical Intervention Assessment PAC ASM Gold Project (PPA)

"The Artisanal Gold Council (AGC) was contracted by PAC to help with their gold project in the DRC with the aim of helping create incentives for artisanal miners to produce gold responsibly and to sell it through a legal transparent supply chain ...

Towards a National Biodiversity Conservation Framework Key Findings and Policy Recommendations

"The conservation of biological diversity is emerging as one of the gravest global challenges of the 21st Century. The rapid expansion of human population, coupled with burgeoning development and rising consumption, has caused a biodiversity cr...

"Home at last?" Land Conflicts in Burundi and the Right of Victims to Reparations

"This Policy Brief will assess whether reparations as a form of redress for historical injustice can be utilised to address the grievances of Burundian victims of land expropriation. The Policy Brief begins by describing the legacy of conflict and...

The Security Challenges of Pastoralism in Central Africa

"Since it began in prehistoric times, pastoralism in Africa has been a story of perpetual movement by cattle and their herders, who have adapted to the region’s climatic and security constraints over thousands of years. In Central Africa, transhum...

Côte d’Ivoire’s Great West: Key to Reconciliation

"Western Côte d’Ivoire’s land, security and identity problems make this vast border territory the country’s most unstable area. Reconciliation has yet to begin there and communal tensions remain acute. Two administrative regions are especially p...

Nigeria’s Boko Haram: Beyond the Rhetoric

"As the world remains focused on the fate of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by members of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram from the town of Chibok, Borno State in mid-April, it is clear that this terrorist organisation is rapid...

MAPS Provocateur Briefing Report Forum on Development and Mitigation - Adressing Land Use Change in South Africa

For many years in the climate change discussions and policy making processes, the impacts of land use changes on climate variability have been overlooked. Given the significant impact of land use change on livelihoods, it is high time that the is...

Property Rights Regime in Kenya: Implications for Small Businesses

This survey has highlighted weaknesses that range from regulatory enforcement issues to concerns around policy design that have negative impact on MSEs. These have implications on both the county governments as well as the national government. On ...

Mapping and Characterizing Water Points in Mbeti South Location, Mbeere District

The study recommends the need to determine the recharge rate of ground water aquifers in order to guide the development of wells for sustainable water provision; mobilising people and sensitising them on the best practices for water management and...

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