Unravelling the dynamics of access to farmland in Tigray, Ethiopia: The 'emerging land market' revisited

Kaatje Segers, Joost Dessein, Sten Hagberg, Yikunoamlak Teklebirhan, Mitiku Haile, Jozef Deckers

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    This article uses ethnographic evidence from Tigray to revisit the debate on informal rural land markets in present-day Ethiopia. It explores informal farmland rental from a historico-anthropological, microanalytical perspective in relation to the formal allocation of land use rights and to other informal land transfer practices. It shows how different rationales for land rental give rise to different socially embedded tenancy configurations.Onthe basis of this empirical evidence, the paper questions the appropriateness of
    the common idea that in Ethiopia ‘the land rental market is expanding’. It argues that research and policy thinking on land in Ethiopia could gain analytical power and relevance by adopting a less monolithic and abstract view on people’s informal land transfer practices.
    Oorspronkelijke taalEngels
    TijdschriftLand Use Policy
    Pagina's (van-tot)1018-1026
    Aantal pagina’s9
    PublicatiestatusGepubliceerd - 1-okt.-2010


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