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"Bioenergy and Land Tenure. The implications of biofuels for land tenure and land policy"
September 2008- This document analyzes the implications for land tenure and land policy of biofuels. It is divided in two parts. It examines the current and likely future impacts of the increasing spread of biofuels on access to land in producer countries, particularly for poorer rural people. It aims to pave the way for future empirical research on the links between the spread of biofuels and access to land, through developing a conceptual framework for such research and through taking stock of data available in the literature.


"Improving tenure security for the poor in Africa. Synthesis paper: Deliberations of the Legal Empowerment Workshop – Sub-Saharan Africa"
July/August 2008- Legal Empowerment of the Poor Working Paper #8. This paper aims to provide a synthesis and commentary with recommendations of the papers given and the discussions which took place at the technical workshop on Improving Tenure Security for the Rural Poor in Africa in October 2006.


"Improving tenure security for the poor in Africa. Rwanda – Country case study. Improving land tenure security for the poor in Rwanda"
July/August 2008- Legal Empowerment of the Poor Working Paper #7. The paper argues that current land reform holds the potential to improve tenure security for the poor in Rwanda. However, the components of the envisaged reform which are necessary for improving access to land in Rwanda are not sufficient to provide the base needed for sustainable livelihoods of poor groups.

"Improving tenure security for the poor in Africa - Namibia"
June 2008- Legal Empowerment of the Poor Working Paper #6. Namibia, the most arid country in sub-Saharan Africa, is one of the most sparsely populated countries on earth, with land area of 824 292 km2 and population of just over 1.8 million. March 1990 saw the end of a century of colonial rule during which indigenous Namibians were dispossessed from rights to both land and resources.

"Improving tenure security for the poor in Africa – Mozambique"
June 2008- Legal Empowerment of the Poor Working Paper #5. Ever since Mozambican independence in 1975, property in land has been vested in the state. Despite the political and economic shift to a multiparty system and market economy since the 1990 Constitution, this underlying principle has remained in place, and no land may be sold, mortgaged, or otherwise encumbered or alienated.

"Improving tenure security for the poor in Africa - Mali"
May 2008- Legal Empowerment of the Poor Working Paper #4. The present study aims to clarify the various issues regarding land security of poor and other marginalized groups in Malian rural areas. It looks into questions relating to how poor and vulnerable groups obtain access to land and natural resources, and what factors cause their exclusion.

"Improving tenure security for the poor in Africa - Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda"
May 2008- Legal Empowerment of the Poor Working Paper #3. This paper identifies the key issues of land tenure security for the rural poor, vulnerable and marginalized in the East African countries of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The report finds that most of these issues are common across the three countries, both in terms of the challenges that the communities face and imperatives that inform policy interventions and responses.

"Improving tenure security for the poor in Africa. Ghana – country case study. Towards the improvement of tenure security for the poor in Ghana"
April 2008- Legal Empowerment of the Poor Working Paper #2. This paper provides an overview of the land tenure situation in Ghana. It focuses on the rural poor in terms of their access to natural resources, their vulnerability to major threats and the causes of their tenure insecurity. It also suggests approaches to securing property rights as a means for improving their livelihoods.

"Improving tenure security for the poor in Africa. Framework paper for the Legal Empowerment Workshop - Sub-Saharan Africa"
April 2008- Legal Empowerment of the Poor Working Paper #1. Most of the world’s poor work in the “informal economy” – outside of recognized and enforceable rules. Thus, even though most have assets of some kind, they have no way to document their possessions because they lack formal access to legally recognized tools such as deeds, contracts and permits. FAO, with donor funding from Norway, has undertaken a set of activities for “Improving tenure security of the rural poor” in order to meet the needs of FAO member countries and, in turn, support the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor.

"Good governance in land tenure and administration"
November 2007- FAO Land Tenure Studies 9. Although much has been written about the importance of good governance in achieving development goals, there is comparatively little material on good governance in land tenure and administration. Failings in governance have adverse consequences for society as a whole. By contrast, good governance can help achieve economic development and the reduction of poverty. Good governance matters.

"Access to land tenure information to secure tenure rights for the rural poor. The experience of Tenure Commissions in Niger"
November 2007- Livelihood Support Programme Working Papers 43. As part of its work programme for 2006-2007, FAO’s Land Tenure and Management Unit identified access for poor rural populations to information and legal procedures to secure land rights as a central item on its agenda. Moreover, the livelihood support programme includes a section on “Access to land and natural resources” that analyses the link between access to land and the securisation of the means of livelihood.

"Housing and property restitution for refugees and displaced persons. Implementing the ‘Pinheiro Principles’"
October 2007- A Manual This Handbook is intended to practically assist a variety of actors and institutions, including headquarters and field staff, to secure protection and durable solutions for refugees and other displaced persons through the application of the Principles on Housing and Property Restitution to various situations of displacement.

"Operations manual for land consolidation pilot projects in Central and Eastern Europe"
October 2007- FAO Land Tenure Manuals 1 Land consolidation is a term used broadly to describe measures to adjust the structure of property rights through co-ordination between owners and users. Land consolidation involves the reallocation of parcels to remove the effects of fragmentation but the term goes well beyond these actions.

"Land Reform, Land Settlement and Cooperatives. 2007/1"
October 2007 - This issue contains an interesting and wide-ranging set of contributions providing insights into land related issues ranging from Italy to the Central Andes, and from the historical development of sustainable tenure practices to aspects of agriculture sector planning.

"Land Reform, land settlements and cooperatives. 2006/2"
October 2007 - The second issue of Land Reform, Land Settlement and Cooperatives for 2006 covers a wide range of technical areas, reflecting in many ways the diversity of activity under the broad heading of land tenure.

"Communication, dialogue, conciliation. Participatory and Negotiated Territorial Development more than a tool, an integration and interaction strategy"
April 2007 - This publication is available in Portuguese under the title "Comunicação, diálogo, conciliação"; it is the result of the International Conference on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development.

"Land Reform, land settlements and cooperatives. 2006/1"
December 2006 - 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"
December 2006 - 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"
October 2006 - 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"
June 2006 - 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"
May 2006 - 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"
March 2006 - 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.

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