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Session Overview
Location: MC 6-860
Date: Wednesday, 27/Mar/2019
8:30am - 10:00am05-14: Research on land markets in Ukraine
Location: MC 6-860
Session Chair: Oleg Nivievskyi, Kyiv Economic Institute/ Kyiv School of Economics, Ukraine


MC 6-860 

Do land rental markets contribute to efficient land allocations? Ukrainian experience

Vasyl Kvartiuk, Eduard Bukin, Thomas Herzfeld

Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO), Germany

This study analyses how agricultural land rental market contributes to efficient land allocation in Ukrainian agricultural production. Ukraine has been struggling to introduce land sales market for the last two decade. Nevertheless, agricultural production has grown substantially in the recent years. We assess how current land relations in Ukraine have contributed to agricultural growth. In particular, we examine whether agricultural land tends to flow towards better skilled agricultural producers, thus, improving agricultural efficiency. Utilizing a rich panel of Ukrainian commercial agricultural producers for 2006-2017, we examine the determinants of participation in the land rental market. We show that the likelihood of renting in land does not depend on proxies for agricultural ability. Furthermore, exit-entry of farms seems to be associated with their agricultural ability but less so in regions with predominant large-scale production. We examine the factors that may contribute land rental markets failing to facilitate efficient land allocations.


Implications of land market imperfections on policy design

Dan Tavrov, Oleg Nivievskyi

Kyiv School of Economics, Ukraine

The evidence on welfare implications of land market imperfections is relatively scarce in academic literature. Partial equilibrium models currently available consider welfare implications and land redistribution in presence of significant market power and credit market imperfections in rental land markets. However, land and credit market imperfections are treated separately.

Moreover, only rental markets are discussed in the literature in this regard, leaving sales markets out, thereby leading to a major and important simplification, as rental markets have different weights in the total volume of land market transactions.

In this paper, we develop a theoretical framework that integrates land and credit market imperfections, and explore an interplay between rental and sales land markets. This model can be used to provide innovative insights for welfare implications and distributional impact of various policy design options, which would come in handy for carrying out land reforms in developing and transition countries.


Land market institutions and agricultural productivity in Ukraine

Roman Koshovnyk, Oleg Nivievskyi

Kyiv School of Economics, Ukraine

All over the world, institutionalization of property rights and its impact on economic growth have become of high importance. New institutional economists contrast institutions and organizations (including individuals), indicating that a market comprised of individuals requires institutions to avoid inefficiency and failures.

In Ukraine, agricultural sector is responsible for a significant share of GDP. In addition, there is a moratorium on land sales still in place, and therefore agricultural producers almost completely cultivate the rental land. However, institutions behind land tenure are still in the nascent stage of formation, which is why it is important to analyze the impact of property rights institutionalization on achieving political goals mentioned above.

The main contribution of this paper is thus to establish a theoretical model of relationships between the agricultural productivity and development of institutionalization, check existence of correlation between these phenomena, and try to explain possible cause-effect relationships.

10:30am - 12:00pm06-14: Mapping land rights for better socio-economic outcomes
Location: MC 6-860
Session Chair: Jorge Munoz, World Bank, United States of America
MC 6-860 

Mapping for Peace and Prosperity: Applying participatory mapping in conflict-affected settings.

David Betge1, Anne Girardin2, Madaleine Weber2

1ZOA, Netherlands, The; 2Cadasta Foundation, United States

The authors describe the process of setting up and implementing participatory land demarcation in a conflict-affected setting in the north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The necessary conditions for success are highlighted and particularly difficult aspects of the work are traced and underlined. These relate among others to the diversity of interests that need to be accommodated and the history of violent conflict in the area. Furthermore, the authors demonstrate that locally oriented interventions need to be linked to the larger political-economic context in a dialogical way that allows for input from and towards higher levels of governance and policy-making. In this way, the paper combines discussions of very practical grass-roots experience with larger efforts at coordinating and improving land governance at the regional level.


Protecting rights to clan-based land in Acholi, Northern Uganda: Follow-up report on a research project of the Joint Acholi Sub-Region Leaders’ Forum (JASLF) and Trόcaire

Ronald Atkinson

University of South Carolina, United States of America

Following the 1986-2006 northern Uganda war, most Acholi returned to their customary, clan-based land. Because of multiple threats to this land, a consortium of Acholi leaders – the Joint Acholi Sub-Region Leaders' Forum (JASLF) – initiated a research and advocacy project to document the current organization and management of Acholi land and to help secure and protect it.

In partnership with the NGO Trócaire, the resulting 2016-17 project included a research sample of 141 land-holding clans from across Acholi, producing an unprecedented trove of primary, field-based data on the principles and practices regulating Acholi clan-based land. Hindered by numerous obstacles, project funding regretfully ended before researched clans were provided sufficient practical information and assistance to enable them to legally protect their land.

This paper will discuss the JASLF land project, outline the many challenging steps necessary for official clan-based land registration, and describe any subsequent efforts to help clans navigate those steps.


Flexible land information system as driver for change, peace and development: The case of post conflict DRC

Solomon Njogu1, Lobo Ngumba2, Serge Vutegha2, Danilo Antonio3, John Gitau3, Christol Paluku3, Oumar Sylla3

1Private Consultant, Kenya; 2Christian Bilingual University Democratic Republic of Congo; 3Global Land Tool Network/ UN Habitat, Kenya

The importance of building land information systems cannot be underestimated in support of land reform, public service provision and promotion of social economic development especially in post conflict areas. There are many opportunities for their applications particularly in context such as enabling access to land, resolving disputes, raising revenue, service delivery as well as providing information services for private investment and local economic development. They provide an elaborate framework for creating inclusive and integrated system thus facilitating collaboration and participation of many actors. The systems are more acceptable (and sustainable in the long term) if they adopt bottom up and participatory processes for gathering information and if they use affordable and appropriate systems as advocated for by the principles of fit-for-purpose land administration. The paper highlights the need for a flexible and affordable system coupled with participatory approaches for promoting stakeholder engagement, coordination, inclusive development, and effective land information management.


Putting forest communities on the map: Participatory land-use planning in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Joseph George Eisen, Patrick Epie, Ines Ayari, Massimiliano Rossi

Rainforest Foundation UK, United Kingdom

By devolving greater powers to decentralized administrations, land-use planning reforms underway in the Democratic Republic of Congo present an opportunity to integrate community tenure rights and local development needs into wider planning processes. Yet there remain significant barriers to effective community participation in these processes including the lack of available geospatial data on their existing use and possession of forests, weak political representation as well as different technical and logistical constraints. The Rainforest Foundation UK’s land-use planning initiative in DRC seeks to overcome these barriers through participatory approaches and the use of simple, low-cost technologies to enable forest peoples to proactively engage in and shape land-use planning. This paper describes the methodology and results from two different pilot experiences to date, and considers some of the challenges for doing this at scale.

2:00pm - 3:30pm07-14: Demarcation of indigenous lands
Location: MC 6-860
Session Chair: Raelene Webb, Murray Chambers, Australia
MC 6-860 

Jurisprudence of the Supreme Federal court of Brazil in the process of demarcation of the indigenous reserve Raposa Serra do Sol

Jose de Arimateia Barbosa1, Ariane Silva Barbosa2, Rui Barbosa Netto3, Delaíde Passos4

1Secretary of the association of Notaries and regisrars of te State of Mato Grosso- Brazil; 2Lowyer; 3Notary, Brazil; 4UNICAMP


The Raposa Serra do Sol is an indigenous territory located in the extreme north of the Brazil, in the state of Roraima, specifically in the Normandia, Pacaraima and Uiramutã districts, between the Tacutu, Maú Surumu Miang and the Venezuelan and Guyana frontiers. The main objective of this article is to understand the complexity involved in the demarcation of the Raposa Serra do Sol Indian Reservation, considering the need to bring to the discussion the peculiarities of the Amazonian biome, the question of national sovereignty, which in this case was strongly contested by international agents working in the region, and the debate on indigenous law. These discussions have returned with force in the last months, seen diverse declarations on the unconstitutionality of the present demarcation.


Assessing implementers’ perspective on reform processes: Progress and challenges in formalizing the rights of native communities in Peru

Iliana Monterroso, Anne Larson


Since 1974, the Peruvian government has formally recognized the collective rights of more than 1,300 native communities with titles to over 12 million hectares. Despite this progress, the Interethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Amazon (AIDESEP) calculates that there are outstanding claims to 20 million ha of land and forest. The context surrounding implementation is complex, with different interests shaping the priorities of each respective government administration. This paper analyses the process of formalizing collective rights to native communities in Peru, from the perspective of government agents involved in implementation procedures, activities and the outcomes derived from this. The analysis is based on a mixed method approach that combines legal and institutional analysis of the implementation framework. It provides lessons on the barriers and limitations to promote more effective processes around the formalization of collective rights to forests and lands in Peru.


Case study: a model for securing the legal recognition of indigenous lands rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Kysseline Cherestal1, Alfred Kibiswa3, Kapupu Diwa Mutimanwa3, Keddy Bosulu2, Roger Buhereko1, Betto Nyongolo3, Loic Braune1

1World Bank, United States of America; 2REPALEF, Réseau de populations autochtones pour la gestion durable des écosystèmes forestiers de la RDC; 3LINAPYCO, Ligue nationale des associations autochtones pygmées du Congo

The forests of the DRC support millions, including 700,000 to 1,000,000 indigenous peoples (IP) for whom identity and survival are intrinsically linked to their land. In a backdrop of ongoing land related reforms and legal revisions, IP communities, depending on their geographic location and history, prioritize different land rights (access, use, withdrawal, management, exclusion, alienation, due process and just compensation). This case study will present a model process followed by the national level governance structure of IP organizations in the DRC to elaborate a coherent strategy to secure an array of land related rights, through the development of a set of guiding principles; and of a strategy for securing 1) traditional IP lands, held collectively; and 2) new settlement lands, held by IP individuals and IP families, enabling them to settle at their own pace and integrate into existing communities in a fair and sustainable way.

3:45pm - 5:15pm08-14: Recognizing indigenous rights
Location: MC 6-860
Session Chair: Hubert M. G. Ouedraogo, DID international, Burkina Faso
MC 6-860 

The rights of indigenous people to the enjoyment of Human Rights to Land and Natural Resources in Uganda.

Rebecca Apio1, Lilian Achola2, Emmanuel Egaru3, Freda Orochi4, Rebecca Atayo2, Betty Odur4

1Trocaie Uganda, Uganda; 2Landnet Uganda; 3Land Justice Network; 4Uganda Land Alliance

The indigenous people in Uganda comprise of former hunters/gatherer communities such as the Bennet and the Batwa also known as Twa. They also include minority groups who include the Irk, the Karamojong and the Basongora. Ancient communities of hunters and gatherers, living in forested areas and practicing their cultural and economic way of life.The above group of people do not enjoy fundamental human rights like other Ugandans. The suffer discrimination,severe poverty and exclusion. The discrimination and marginalisation experienced by the indigenous communities range from lack of security of tenure, marginalisation in terms of political representation, poor education and provision of social services, negative stereotyping and segregation. They have common experience of state-induced landlessness and historical injustices caused by the creation of conservation areas. Their right to both land and other natural resources are well established under international and national legislation yet ignored and not implemented thus human rights violation


Understanding the key Drivers of Land use and Livelihood dynamics in the Drylands of Kenya: The Case of Fodder production in Isiolo County

Saada Mohamed Sala, David Jakinda Otieno, Jonathan Nzuma, Stephen Mwangi Mureithi

University of Nairobi, Kenya

In the face of increasing pressure on land and natural resources, combating land degradation in arid rangelands of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is essential to ensure sustainable productivity of these environments. The successive droughts coupled with environmental and demographic factors remain a threat to livestock-based livelihoods, hence limiting the livelihood opportunities available to millions of resource-poor pastoralists. This study assessed the influence of adopting fodder production on land use and livelihood changes in Isiolo County of Kenya. Data was collected using key informant consultations, focus group discussions and individual household survey. The findings showed that adoption of fodder production promotes productive land uses and pastoralists’ participation in diversified income-earning activities. Therefore, resilience focused interventions through asset creation are vital pathways that facilitate pastoralists’ access to resources, and opportunities towards self-reliance, hence aiding the achievement of a sustainable socio-economic development in line with Kenya’s vision 2030 and global development agenda.

08-14-Mohamed Sala-261_paper.pdf
08-14-Mohamed Sala-261_ppt.pptx

Land and Pastoralism in Eastern Africa: lessons learned

Joanita Okedi

Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA), Uganda

This paper presents lessons learned, experiences of OSIEA and her partners working with pastoralists in securing land rights using both traditional and modern systems. We believe that it is the extent to which pastoralists are able to mobilize amongst themselves that will ensure to enable them positively influence policy processes.


Date: Friday, 29/Mar/2019
9:00am - 10:30am12-07: Analyzing land use change using Google Earth Engine -I-
Location: MC 6-860
Session Chair: Brad Bottoms, New Light Technologies, United States of America
MC 6-860 

Analyzing land use change using Google Earth Engine -I-

Brad Bottoms

New Light Technologies, United States of America

11:00am - 12:30pm13-07: Analyzing land use change using Google Earth Engine -II-
Location: MC 6-860
Session Chair: Brad Bottoms, New Light Technologies, United States of America
MC 6-860 

Analyzing land use change using Google Earth Engine -II-

Brad Bottoms

New Light Technologies, United States of America