(Un)making the upland: resettlement, rubber and land use planning in Namai village, Laos | Land Portal
Aggregated from the Journal of Peasant Studies

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July 2020
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This paper highlights how farmers in a northern Lao village transformed their customary land rights – in the face of incoherent overlapping state territorialization attempts – into a territorial strategy to secure their land tenure. By planting rubber, some villagers have engaged in a crop boom to lay claim to land which has recently been zoned for upland rice cultivation (and conservation) as part of a state-led land use planning initiative. We show how internal resettlement, ethnic division and the influx of commercial agriculture in the Lao uplands intersect in a novel land use planning process and predetermine the plan's actual significance.

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

Jonas Kramp, Diana Suhardiman & Oulavanh Keovilignavong


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