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Land Tenure and Natural Resource Management: A Comparative Study of Agrarian Communities in Asia and Africa (International Food Policy Research Institute)

ISBN13: 9780801867477
ISBN: 0801867479
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $38.0
Publisher: International Food Policy Research Institute
Published Date:
Pages: 416

The devastating environmental effects of deforestation and the exploitation of other natural resources in the developing world have been well documented, yet their impact on local communities has received far less attention. This volume fills this gap by looking at how land degradation and deforestation are being addressed at the local level, where households have experienced the reduction of farm size and the decline of natural resources. Through a comparison of Asia and Africa, Land Tenure and Natural Resource Management examines the evolution of land tenure institutions within diverse cultural, natural, and policy environments. Specific topics include the evolution of customary land tenure, the impacts of land tenure policies, and common property management. The editors conclude that the best strategy for managing land and forest resources lies in promoting the establishment of property rights and investment in the improvement of the natural resource base.