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Land Tenure and Natural Resource Management: A Comparative Study of Agrarian Communities in Asia and Africa

by edited by Keijiro Otsuka and Frank Place Johns Hopkins University Press
Pub Date:
10/2001
ISBN:
9780801867477
Format:
Pbk 416 pages
Price:
AU$79.00 NZ$83.48
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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.
'This is an ambitious book that should be of interest to economists as well as sociologists interested in development, agro-forestry, and institutions... a valuable contribution to the literature on property rights and natural resources management.' -- Laura McCann, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 'The book is the first comprehensive and comprehensible analysis of natural resource management based on simple quantitative tools... It has beautifully and elegantly captured the impact of systems of land, tree, and forest management and property right regimes on natural resource management as relevant under different situations.' -- Ramesh Chand, The Developing Economies
Keijiro Otsuka is a professorial fellow at the Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development in Japan. Frank Place is an economist with the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry in Kenya.