Liberia has long maintained a dual land tenure system over statutory and customary lands characterized by unclear terms of ownership. Most rural Liberians depend on common resources for their survival. These are largely communally owned;used and managed. But the Liberian government has effectively treated all un-deeded land as public land to be administered by the State. This has undermined the land rights of the majority. A nearly 100-year history of granting large-scale land concessions to foreign investors and national elites has weakened tenure security with communitiescustomary lands often targeted for development by foreign investors. Liberia has made substantial efforts towards land reform but the continued expansion of concession areas;including land acquired for palm oil plantations;has exacerbated tensions between local communities;companies and the State;with increasing documented claims that communitieslands have been appropriated against their will. Rapid palm oil plantation expansion has been accompanied by charges of human rights violations;deforestation and land grabbing.
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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.