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The future of land: commercial pressures and the case for systemic law reform to secure rural land rights

Lorenzo Cotula

Book chapter, 12 pages

This think piece – part of a collection of essays prepared for the African Development Bank – reflects on changing commercial pressures on land in low and middle-income countries; the role of law in shaping the ways those pressures manifest themselves; the limits of business standards in driving systemic change; and the case for comprehensive law reform to secure rural land rights.

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  • IIED code: G04463
  • Published: May 2020 - African Development Bank, Abidjan
  • Themes: Law, Land acquisitions and rights
  • Source pub: Rethinking land reform in Africa: new ideas, opportunities and challenges
  • Language: English

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Cotula, L (2020) "The future of land: commercial pressures and the case for systemic law reform to secure rural land rights", in Milton Obote Ochieng, C (ed.), Rethinking land reform in Africa: new ideas, opportunities and challenges, African Natural Resources Center, African Development Bank, Abidjan.
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Land is life for billions of people worldwide, sustaining economic activities, social identity, ecological and cultural value. IIED works with partners to secure local rights in the face of growing pressures on land.

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