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Whose Land? Civil Society Perspectives on Land Reform and Rural Poverty Reduction: Regional Experiences from Africa, Asia and Latin America



The findings presented in this book show that policy and programme decisions concerning land reform and the resource needs of the rural poor should be better informed by civil society actors. This wide-ranging reader on land reform processes and civil society initiatives in developing countries considers the historical, social and political complexities and experiences of land reform from Southeast Asia; the Near East and North Africa; Southern, East and Central Africa; and Central and South America.

Each chapter analyses the land tenure legislation in these regions, and also scrutinizes the roles of the state, market forces and donor agencies. The chapters highlight the range of efforts in the area of popular mobilization, netwokring and the implementation of specific land reform initiatives involving a range of civil society groups.

The book will be a useful reference tool for civil society groups, community leaders, decision makers in governments and lawmakers in parliaments, as well as officials who, in international organizations, work of the issue of land reform and tenure security. It should also prove valuable for agricultural and rural development training programmes and academic studies.

Contents: Empowering the Rural Poor through Land Reform and Improved Access to Productive Assets; Regional Perspectives on Land Reform: Considering the Role of Civil Society Organizations; Agrarian Reforms in South-East Asia: The Role of NGOs and Other Actors; South Asia’s Experience in Land Reform: NGOs, the State and Donors; Prospects for Land Reform and Civil Society Movements in the Near East and North Africa; The Fate of Land Reform in Southern Africa: The Role of the State, the Market and Civil Society; Tenurial Reforms in West and Central Africa: Legislation, Conflicts and Social Movements; An Overview of Agrarian Reforms and Peasant Organizations in Central America; Agrarian Reform Issues and Initiatives in Three Andean Countries in South America
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  • Pub. Date: 1 Jan 2001
    Pub. Place: Rome
    ISBN: 92 9072 012 3
    Type: Paperback
    From: IFAD
  • Pub. Date: 1 Jan 2001
    Pub. Place: Rome
    ISBN: 92 9072 012 3
    Type: Paperback
    From: The Popular Coalition to Eradicate Hunger