While scholars long recognized the importance of land markets as a key driver of rural non-farm development and transformation in rural areas, evidence on the extent of their operation and the nature of participants remains limited. We use household data from 6 countries to show that there is great potential for such markets to increase productivity and equalize factor ratios. While rental markets transfer land to land-poor and labor-rich producers, their operation and thus impact may be constrained by policy restrictions. Their functioning may also be constrained by ill-defined or insecure rights that may arise from failure to fully compensate existing rights in cases of expropriation, a failure to implement more broadly land policies or to do so in a gender sensitive manner. Methodological and substantive conclusions are derived. (C) 2016 The World Bank. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

Deininger, K., Savastano, S., Xia, F. (2017). Smallholders’ land access in Sub-Saharan Africa: A new landscape?. FOOD POLICY, 67, 78-92 [10.1016/j.foodpol.2016.09.012].

Smallholders’ land access in Sub-Saharan Africa: A new landscape?

Savastano S.
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
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2017

Abstract

While scholars long recognized the importance of land markets as a key driver of rural non-farm development and transformation in rural areas, evidence on the extent of their operation and the nature of participants remains limited. We use household data from 6 countries to show that there is great potential for such markets to increase productivity and equalize factor ratios. While rental markets transfer land to land-poor and labor-rich producers, their operation and thus impact may be constrained by policy restrictions. Their functioning may also be constrained by ill-defined or insecure rights that may arise from failure to fully compensate existing rights in cases of expropriation, a failure to implement more broadly land policies or to do so in a gender sensitive manner. Methodological and substantive conclusions are derived. (C) 2016 The World Bank. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
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Rilevanza internazionale
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Esperti anonimi
Settore SECS-P/01
Settore SECS-P/02
Settore AGR/01 - Economia ed Estimo Rurale
English
land markets, rural development
Deininger, K., Savastano, S., Xia, F. (2017). Smallholders’ land access in Sub-Saharan Africa: A new landscape?. FOOD POLICY, 67, 78-92 [10.1016/j.foodpol.2016.09.012].
Deininger, K; Savastano, S; Xia, F
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