Negotiating access to land in west Africa : a synthesis of findings from research on derived rights to land

Lavigne-Delville Philippe, Toulmin Camilla, Colin Jean-Philippe, Chauveau Jean-Pierre. 2002. Negotiating access to land in west Africa : a synthesis of findings from research on derived rights to land. Londres : IIED, 128 p. ISBN 1-899825-95-9

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Abstract : Negotiating Access to Land in West Africa provides valuable new insights into how people negotiate access to land and other resources in this large and diverse region. Current debates on land policy in Africa have focused mainly on questions of land ownership, and titling. However, in many contexts, land is farmed by someone other than the land rights holder, through a series of institutional arrangements which allow access in exchange for cash, labour, credit, or some other scarce factor. In some parts of the West African region, such delegated rights of access to land cover more than half of the area under cultivation and thus are of considerable significance, most especially in zones receiving a large number of migrants. These flexible and dynamic arrangements allow for adaptation of the farming system to new opportunities and changing circumstances, whether economic, social, political or environmental. This comparative research programme has been undertaken by a team of West African researchers from English and French-speaking countries. They analyse the diverse mechanisms by which people may gain access to land. and their relative importance in different settings. The research underlines the need for the State to recognise the existence of such procedures, in order to make them more secure by granting legal status to institutional arrangements which are considered by local people to be socially legitimate. Coordinated by IIED and GRET, with guidance and support from the Unité de Recherche "Regulations Foncières politiques publiques et logiques d'acteurs" of the IRD, the authors gratefully acknowledge the funds received from the UK Department for International Development, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs which together have made possible the research work, and the preparation, publication and distribution of the research reports. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : droit d'usage, Mode de faire-valoir, Propriété foncière, Gestion des ressources, Développement agricole, Régime foncier

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Afrique occidentale

Classification Agris : E11 - Land economics and policies
P01 - Nature conservation and land resources

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Lavigne-Delville Philippe, CIRAD-DG-SECRETARIAT GENERAL (FRA)
  • Toulmin Camilla, IIED (GBR)
  • Colin Jean-Philippe, IRD (FRA)
  • Chauveau Jean-Pierre, IRD (FRA)

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