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Tenure Security and Investments: Micro-evidence from Zimbabwe’s Fast Track Land Reform Programme

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  • Zikhali, Precious

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    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

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    The government of Zimbabwe launched the Fast Track Land Reform Programme (FTLRP) in 2000 as part of its ongoing land reform and resettlement programme aimed at addressing a racially skewed land distribution. Its goal has been to accelerate both land acquisition and redistribution, targeting at least five million hectares of land for resettlement. This paper investigates the impact of the FTLRP on its beneficiaries’ perceptions of land tenure security, and how these subsequently impacted soil conservation investments. Evidence suggests that the programme created some tenure insecurity, which adversely affected soil conservation investments among its beneficiaries. We find support for the contention that households invest in land-related investments to enhance security of tenure. The results underscore the need for the government of Zimbabwe to clarify and formalise land tenure arrangements within the programme.

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    Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 321.

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    Length: 31 pages
    Date of creation: 21 Oct 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0321

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    Keywords: Land reform; Tenure security; Investments; Zimbabwe;

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    1. Fenske, James, 2011. "Land tenure and investment incentives: Evidence from West Africa," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 95(2), pages 137-156, July.

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