Smallholder Income and Land Distribution in Africa: Implications for Poverty Reduction Strategies (policy synthesis) | Land Portal

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Date of publication: 
août 2002
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A brief synthesis of a longer report. Provides a micro-level foundation for discussions of land allocation and its relation to poverty within the smallholder sector of Eastern and Southern Africa based on results from household surveys in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Mozambique and Rwanda between 1990 and 2000. Addresses (1) why geographically based targeted approaches to poverty reduction are likely to miss a significant share of the poor, (2) why agricultural growth alone is not likely to be a sufficient engine for directly lifting a significant share of small-scale farmers out of poverty, (3) why agri-food productivity growth is needed to create a more dynamic and diversified rural economy, (4) why increased access to land is likely to affect significantly the poverty-reducing effects of agricultural growth. Concludes with implications for the design of poverty reduction strategies.

Auteurs et éditeurs

Author(s), editor(s), contributor(s): 

T.S. Jayne
Takashi Yamano
Michael T. Weber
David Tschirley
Rui Benfica
Anthony Chapoto
Ballard Zulu
David Neven


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Mokoro is pleased to host the ’Land Rights in Africa’ site as a contribution to the land rights dialogue and related debates. This website was created in January 2000 by Robin Palmer, and was originally housed by Oxfam GB, where Robin worked as a Land Rights Adviser. A library of resources on land rights in Africa – with a particular focus on women’s land rights and on the impact of land grabbing in Africa – the portal has been well received by practitioners, researchers and policy makers, and has grown considerably over the years.

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