Considers the cultural dimension of applying the land information system (LIS) concept to lands held under customary land tenure. The article recognizes that the LIS concept has been developed primarily to serve the needs of countries with a western-style land market where individual land rights are the norm. However, many countries where customary landholdings exist, or predominate, are also interested in establishing LISs to manage their land resources better. The article has three main sections. In the first section, western LIS concepts are reviewed, placing their development in a historical perspective. This section includes a sample of the main attributes of land that are stored in a typical LIS. The article then reviews the main features of customary land tenure systems that distinguish them from western systems. Drawing examples from Fiji, where one of the authors is involved in establishing an LIS, the article compares land rights under western tenure to those under customary tenure and discusses the cultural implications of including these attributes in an LIS. [author]
Authors and Publishers
I. Chukwudozie Ezigbalike
FAO's Journal on Land Reform, Land Settlement and Cooperatives was published between 1964 and 2009. Issues published between 1996 and 2009 are accessible below.
The successor of the Land Reform, Land Settlement and Cooperatives was launched in 2010. The new Land Tenure Journal aims to promote the latest knowledge in the technically, economically, politically and socially broad areas of land tenure.
Eldis is an online information service providing free access to relevant, up-to-date and diverse research on international development issues. The database includes over 40,000 summaries and provides free links to full-text research and policy documents from over 8,000 publishers. Each document is selected by members of our editorial team.