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Sharecropping, Insecure Land Rights and Land Titling Policies: A Case Study of Lac Alaotra, Madagascar

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  • Marc F. Bellemare

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Sharecropping between poor landlords and rich tenants has hitherto been the subject of very little academic scrutiny. Given that such 'reverse share tenancy' contracts are mostly at odds with the canonical risk-sharing explanation for sharecropping, this article discusses a rationale for them that relies on weak property rights as well as the legal doctrine of adverse possession, and tests it using data from Lac Alaotra, Madagascar, where this type of tenancy accounts for one-third of land rentals. The empirical findings are discussed in relation to recent land-reform policies by the Government of Madagascar, the World Bank, IFAD, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Copyright (c) The Author 2009. Journal compilation (c) 2009 Overseas Development Institute..

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Article provided by Overseas Development Institute in its journal Development Policy Review.

Volume (Year): 27 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (01)
Pages: 87-106

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Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:27:y:2009:i:1:p:87-106

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  1. Céline Boue & Wendyam Ulrich Wilfried Zombre, 2012. "Le marché foncier de l’achat/vente à Madagascar (Faratsiho et lac Alaotra) : formalisation des droits et sécurisation des transactions," Working Papers 181678, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France.
  2. Wendyam Ulrich Wilfried Zombre & Emmanuelle Bouquet & Jean-Philippe Colin, 2013. "Contraintes de financement et choix contractuel sur le marché du faire-valoir indirect à Madagascar," Working Papers 226293, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France.
  3. Deininger, Klaus & Ali, Daniel Ayalew & Alemu, Tekie, 2011. "Productivity effects of land rental markets in Ethiopia : Evidence from a matched tenant-landlord sample," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5727, The World Bank.
  4. Hotopp, Henning & Mußhoff, Oliver, 2012. "Can rent adjustment clauses reduce the income risk of farms?," International Journal of Agricultural Management, Institute of Agricultural Management;International Farm Management Association, Institute of Agricultural Management;International Farm Management Association, vol. 1(4), July.

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