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01-05: Evaluating impacts of land tenure interventions
Tuesday, 26/Mar/2019:
8:30am - 10:00am

Session Chair: Hosaena Ghebru, International Food Policy Research Institute, United States of America
Location: MC 5-100

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ID: 447 / 01-05: 1
Individual Papers
Topics: Land and human rights, gender, indigenous peoples
Keywords: land Rights, Land use Act, 1978, Indigenous people, Constitution of Nigeria, Gender equity

Land and human rights, gender and indigenous people of Kaduna state, Nigeria

Abdullahi Tukur, Altine Jibril, Umar Ahmed Abubakar

Kaduna Geographic Information Service, Nigeria

In Nigeria, like most African countries today, customary systems of land regulation are being undermined and weakened, and more formal regulative mechanisms being developed. In most part of Nigeria, Kaduna State inclusive access to land, use and control especially by the women and the indigenous people continue to be a challenge.

Thus, the introduction of land Use Decree was an attempt by the Federal Government of Nigeria to solve these problems.

Despite all this effort the land ownership continues to be a serious challenge to indigenous people of Kaduna State.

The study on this topic a case study of Kaduna state, shows that Land rights for the indigenous are insecure and unclear.

This paper wishes to examine Kaduna State amongst the few states in Nigeria to make laws, official regulations and policies to address these problems of land and human rights, gender equity for the benefits of its indigenous people.


ID: 747 / 01-05: 2
Individual Papers
Topics: Land and human rights, gender, indigenous peoples
Keywords: Brazilian Cerrado, human rights, community land rights, World Bank, land grabbing

World Bank-funded land titling in Piauí, Brazil: a pillar of growth or a regularization of land grabs?

Douglas Hertzler1, Maria Luisa Mendonça2, Gerardo Cerdas Vega3, Emmanuel Ponte3, Altamiran Ribeiro4

1ActionAid USA, United States of America; 2Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos, Brasil; 3ActionAid Brasil, Brasil; 4Comissão Pastoral da Terra, Brasil

In 2015 the World Bank approved loans of $320 million to support “Pillars of Growth and Social Inclusion" in the state of Piauí, where the Brazilian government announced its MATOPIBA project to expand large-scale soybean production. A key part of the loans includes support for land titling. However, the project needs to address unrecognized conflicts, namely the grabbing of community commons, public lands and water by large scale farmers and ranchers. This paper analyzes the human rights, land rights, and environmental issues at stake, and will report on the status of community concerns and progress toward recognizing, protecting and recovering the land rights of marginalized communities. Finally, the paper will distill key recommendations for institutions and governments to meet their human rights obligations and protect community land rights in line with the United Nations Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGTs).


ID: 216 / 01-05: 3
Individual Papers
Topics: Economic research and impact evaluation
Keywords: tenure security, gender-disaggregated, productivity, East Africa

Land tenure, gender, and productivity in Ethiopia and Tanzania

Tigist Mekonnen Melesse, Yesuf M. Awel

The World Bank (USA), UNU-MERIT (The Netherlands) and Jimma University (Ethiopia)

Agricultural land use and tenure system in many African countries are characterized by subsistence production and communal land tenure system. Reforming the tenure system in a way that ensures tenure security could promote sustainable agriculture in the region. In addition, women’s right to land is an essential recipe for rural development. This chapter, therefore, analyzes the gender differential effects of land tenure security on productivity in East Africa using LSMS data from Ethiopia and Tanzania. The chapter uses plot and household level data to investigate the effect of land title and other determinants of crop productivity. The main results show that tenure security positively and significantly affects households’ productivity in general and female-headed households in particular. Potential indicators that positively correlate with crop productivity are total land and plot sizes, inorganic fertilizer use, input credit access, herbicide use, soil and plots type. Policy implications are drawn from the results.


ID: 214 / 01-05: 5
Individual Papers
Topics: Economic research and impact evaluation
Keywords: The impacts of land tenure regularisation programme in rwanda

The Impacts of land tenure regularisation programme in Rwanda

Bernis Byamukama1, Jim Grabham2

1UK Department for International Development, Rwanda; 2Mokoro ltd

The Land Tenure Regularisation programme started as a pilot project in 2005, has been running at scale since 2009, and is expected to end March 2019.The aim of the LTR programme was to issue a registered title to every landholder in Rwanda through a one-off, low-cost community-based process and thereby contribute to poverty reduction, increase investment, optimize land use, and promotes gender equality in access to land and reduce conflicts related to access and ownership of land.

In recent years, the LTR Programme has consistently been sighted as a landmark example of systematic land tenure reform in Africa and textbook case for wider replication. This synthesis paper summarize the findings from an impact evaluation commissioned by DFID between September 2018 and January 2019.


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