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"Land Reform, land settlements and cooperatives. 2006/1"
This volume includes ten articles that examine the issues of land tenure data, land tenure databases and their roles in their host societies.

"Land Reform, land settlements and cooperatives. 2005/2"
This issue offers the reader a series of articles and information related to the discussions that took place in March 2006 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, at the International Conference on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development.

"Land tenure alternative conflict management. FAO Land Tenure Manuals Number 2"
The aim of this training manual is to acquaint practitioners with the main characteristics of a land tenure conflict, the context in which the conflict takes place, the stakeholders taking part in the conflict, and the balance of their power relations.

"European Union accession and land tenure data in Central and Eastern Europe. FAO Land Tenure Policy Series Number 1"
The EU has a long tradition of offering membership to countries with the intention of strengthening democracy and the rule of law in them, and the present expansion into Central and Eastern Europe should be seen in this context.

"Access to rural land and land administration after violent conflicts. FAO Land Tenure Studies 8"
Secure access to land is a crucial factor in the eradication of hunger and poverty. Providing secure access to land is frequently not easy, and it is particularly complex in situations following violent conflicts.

"Land reform, land settlements and cooperatives 2005/1"
The articles in this issue address the issues of good governance, new institutional structures and methodological approaches.

"Land Tenure Studies" numbers 2, 3 and 6 are now available in Russian.

"Leasing agricultural land"
FAO Land Tenure Notes 1
Land is one of the most important assets of a farmer, providing food for the family while surplus yields can be used to earn extra income. For those with no land or insufficient land for their needs, acquiring land through leasing goes a long way to determining their future security.

"Land reform, land settlement and cooperatives 2004/2"
This issue comprises eight articles that examine a range of areas central to land tenure activity. They provide a stimulating and, in some cases, critical set of perspectives on how best to tackle some of these issues.

"Land reform, land settlement and cooperatives 2004/1"
This issue addresses the main topics that are at the core of the recognition of indigenous peoples’ land rights.

"Cadastral surveys and records of rights in land"
FAO Land Tenure Studies number 1
In spite of the usefulness and value of good maps, much of the world is still not adequately mapped for its present needs, especially in urban areas.

"Good practice guidelines for agricultural leasing arrangements"
FAO Land Tenure Studies number 2
Leasing offers a means for farming families with little or no land and capital to gain access to land.

"Land tenure and rural development"
FAO Land Tenure Studies number 3
This publication is intended to provide support to those who are assessing and designing appropriate responses to food insecurity and rural development situations. This guide aims to show where and why land tenure is an important issue in food security and sustainable rural livelihoods.

"Gender and access to land"
FAO Land Tenure Studies number 4
The guidelines contained in this publication are expected to inform land administrators and other land professionals about the need to consider gender issues when undertaking land projects.

"Rural property tax systems in Central and Eastern Europe"
FAO Land Tenure Studies number 5
This guide reflects the increasing recognition that rural property taxes can play a significant part in promoting sustainable rural livelihoods in transition countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

"The design of land consolidation pilot projects in Central and Eastern Europe"
FAO Land Tenure Studies number 6
In much of Central and Eastern Europe, the land tenure structure includes many small and fragmented farms. Land consolidation can be an effective instrument to make agriculture more competitive and to improve rural conditions. This guide provides advice on what countries can do to start a land consolidation pilot project.

"Decentralization and rural property taxation"
FAO Land Tenure Studies number 7
This guide is intended to assist countries that wish to introduce new property tax systems or to expand or reform existing systems. It is aimed primarily at supporting land administrators who have been assigned the responsibility for the technical design and implementation of rural property taxation systems.

"Land Reform in Eastern Europe - Western CIS, Transcaucuses, Balkans, and EU Accession Countries" The former socialist countries of Eastern Europe began a transition to a market economy in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. This paper looks at one aspect of that transition: the transition from state ownership to private ownership of agricultural land and the accompanying transition to a land market for agricultural land.

"Multilingual thesaurus on land tenure"
This thesaurus is intended to offer readers a dictionary of land terms. However, this publication is more than a simple dictionary which provides literal translations and succinct definitions. For each term, the authors have attempted to introduce new elements for better understanding of the terms, demonstrating different uses in specific contexts and illustrating the use of the terms with concrete examples.

"Land reform, land settlement and cooperatives cooperatives 2003/3: Special edition"
This special edition is a joint publication by FAO and the World Bank.

"Land reform, land settlement and cooperatives 2003/2"
Land reform, land settlement and cooperatives 2003/2 marks its fortieth year of publication. The publication has consistently addressed land tenure issues with contributions from FAO colleagues and from experts and policy-makers throughout the world.

"Land reform, land settlements and cooperatives 2003/1"
The articles in this issue cover a wide variety of current concerns in land tenure and land reform.

"Land reform, land settlements and cooperatives 2002/2"
This issue of the bulletin focuses on the management of conflict over land and natural resources. FAO's Rural Development Division is currently working toward achieving a deeper understanding of the current methods and practices in land conflict management.

"Land reform, land settlements and cooperatives 2002/1"
Land and land reform cover a great range, both in terms of the geographical and development status of the countries considered, and of the variety of perspectives on the issues. The articles in this issue reflect this breadth in a variety of ways.

"Land reform, land settlements and cooperatives 2001/2"
This issue includes papers on the following topics: the reform of land policy in Mozambique; social and geographical diversity in Chile's agriculture; the Bedouin of Syria; smallholder land policy in Kenya; agriculture and land reform in Cuba; the institutional economics of land markets in the Czech Republic and Poland; and property rights of smallholder farmers in Nigeria.
(Also available in French and Spanish)

"Land reform, land settlements and cooperatives 2001/1"
Access to land and natural resources needs to be on an equitable basis allowing the poor and the disadvantaged, including women, to secure the assets needed for them and their families to generate sustainable livelihoods. The articles in this issue of the Bulletin address areas of key concern in this context.
(Also available in French and Spanish)

"Land reform, land settlements and cooperatives 2000/2"
Articles in this edition of the develop several areas and introduce specific experiences relating to land reform that are of particular interest to those involved in land reform in the new millennium, whether as practitioners or as academics. The main thread running through the articles is that of change; how we can help to understand what change means and how it can be managed. In most cases, the articles reflect the experience of experts working around the world as part of the FAO Land Tenure Service and illustrate the development of thinking in these respective areas.
(Also available in French and Spanish)

"Land reform, land settlements and cooperatives 2000/1"
The subject matter and title of the bulletin "Land reform: land settlement and cooperatives" reflect the realization that reforming rural society so as to provide all citizens with access to sufficient food and economic, political and social security depends just as much on access to social rights as it does on access to agricultural land. The special role of the bulletin is also reinforced by its commitment to bringing the ideas and data of those working in projects and rural administration into discussions with authors who represent the research community. Over the years, this policy has served as a kind of "reality check" during the periods of ideological debate that often arise from land tenure issues. This is confirmed in the present issue.

More publications...

Public institutions

"Analysis of agricultural environmental institutions in the north of Vietnam"
The Vietnam Agricultural Science Institute carried out participative rural assessments in the three northern provinces of Hai Duong, Ha Tay, and Son La.

"Role of government institutions for promotion of agriculture and rural development in Asia and the Pacific Region. Dimensions & Issues "
The focus in this publication is on the role of government institutions, traditional and new players, their capacities, mandates, ways of operation at the national and decentralised levels and their linkages with the private sector partner institutions at all levels.

"Typology of decentralization processes: In country rapid survey"
This CD-Rom contains the entire Decentralization and rural development series in addition to links to relevant FAO and non-FAO websites.

"Analysis of documents in the area of decentralized and participative rural development"
This document updates a publication prepared in 1997 addressing the experiences of FAO and those of other international organizations.

Rural organizations

"Pastoral risk management in Qinghai Province, China . Strengthening capability of risk management of the animal husbandry sector and promoting sustainable development in the grazing area of Qinghai Province"
This joint publication of FAO and the Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Qinghai Province reports on the FAO-China Technical Cooperation Project-TCP : TCP/CPR/2902.

"Soil and water conservation to conservation agriculture practices. Eotulelo Farmer Field School Group, Tanzania"
The Eutolelo Farmer Field School Group has been in existence since 2001 as a self-help community based group. From the very beginning a key motivation for the group and individual households was to find means to deal with the deteriorating natural resource base.

"Promoting rural women's cooperative businesses in Thailand. A training kit"
The FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific has developed this training kit to assist rural women in becoming individual or group entrepreneurs and managers of cooperative businesses.

"Computerizing agricultural cooperatives: A practical guide"
This manual is written for developing country cooperatives that are just starting to consider whether or not or how to computerize. Its intended target audience includes managers, trainers and policy makers with little experience in working with computers.

"New strategies for mobilizing capital in agricultural cooperatives"
As with any business, agricultural cooperatives require capital to be successful. The search for capital leads cooperatives to explore various sources in order to maintain and strengthen their position in the market. Greater member financing is usually essential.

"Local institutions and livelihoods: Guidelines for analysis"
These guidelines help development workers to understand the role of local institutions better. They are based on the pilot experience of a research programme on “Rural Household Income Strategies for Poverty Alleviation and Interactions with the Local Institutional Environment”.

"Agricultural cooperative development: A manual for trainers"
This innovative manual is geared to improving cooperative management and familiarizing political and administrative decision-makers with new cooperative development approaches.

"Mobilising capital for agricultural service cooperatives"
This publication notes that agricultural cooperatives in developing countries must adapt to the new reality of reduced government budgets and learn to raise more capital from their members.

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