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Security of Widows’ Access to Land in the Era of HIV/AIDS: Panel Survey Evidence from Zambia

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  • Chapoto, Antony
  • Jayne, Thomas S.
  • Mason, Nicole M.

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1. The percentage of households that are headed by widows in rural Zambia increased from 9.4 % to 12.3% between 2001 and 2004. 2. Within 1 to 3 years after the death of their husbands, widow-headed households, on average, controlled 35 percent less land than what they had prior to their husband’s death. 3. To some extent, older widows are protected against loss of land compared to younger widows. 4. Women in relatively wealthy households are particularly vulnerable to losing land after the death of their husbands. 5. Widows whose family has kinship ties to the village authorities are less likely to face a severe decline in landholding size after the death of their husbands. 6. Widows in patrilineal and matrilineal villages are equally likely to lose their rights to land.

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Paper provided by Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics in its series Food Security Collaborative Policy Briefs with number 54628.

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Date of creation: 2007
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Keywords: food security; food policy; Zambia; HIV/AIDS; land; Health Economics and Policy; Land Economics/Use; Q20;

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  1. Takashi Yamano & Thomas S. Jayne, 2005. "Working-age Adult Mortality and Primary Sschool Attendance in Rural Kenya," Development and Comp Systems 0502017, EconWPA.
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  1. Sitko, Nicholas J. & Jayne, Thomas S., 2012. "The Rising Class of Emergent Farmers: An Effective Model for Achieving Agricultural Growth and Poverty Reduction in Africa?," Food Security Collaborative Working Papers, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics 140907, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
  2. Mather, David & Donovan, Cynthia, 2008. "The Impacts of Prime-Age Adult Mortality on Rural Household Income, Assets, and Poverty in Mozambique," Food Security Collaborative Working Papers, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics 56071, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.

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