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Land Tenure and Resource Access in West Africa: Issues and opportunities for the next twenty five years

Working paper, 50 pages

The report reviews common issues concerning land tenure and access to resources in West Africa, and their likely evolution over the next 25 years. The region is very diverse in terms of ecology, history and socio-economic setting, stretching from the coastal forest zones to the deserts in the north. Recent decades have brought many changes; urban growth, population increase, migration, and access to new markets and technologies have exerted major pressures on land. The report discusses key policy areas to be addressed by governments, donors and civil society to ensure best use of land, equitable access and minimisation of conflict.

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