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Access to Land, Rural Poverty, and Public Action$
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Alain de Janvry, Gustavo Gordillo, Elisabeth Sadoulet, and Jean-Philippe Platteau

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242177

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242177.001.0001

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Access to Land and Land Policy Reforms

Access to Land and Land Policy Reforms

(p.1) 1 Access to Land and Land Policy Reforms
Access to Land, Rural Poverty, and Public Action

Alain De Janvry

Jean-Philippe Platteau

Gustavo Gordillo

Elisabeth Sadoulet

Oxford University Press

The problem of optimum access to farm land — which involves issues such as who would be given the access and under what conditions this access may be given — continues to receive a great deal of concern in several developing countries as achieving this is not without certain consequences to the environment, efficiency and welfare costs, and varied political implications. It is important to note that land is an often misallocated factor which entails incomplete user or property rights which may bring about disincentives. However, macro-economic reforms to address such issues in terms of structural adjustment policies resulted in a weak supply response particularly in agriculture. This chapter introduces the main issue of access to land and the possible implications of land policy reforms.

Keywords:   optimum access, farm land, policy reforms, adjustment policies, agriculture

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