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The Status of Customary Land and the Future of Smallholder Farmers Under the Current Land Administration System in Zambia

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  • Honig, Lauren
  • Mulenga, Brian P.

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The past decade has ushered in an era of increasingly contentious land politics in Zambia, with investors, the government, and chiefs simultaneously blamed for injustices in land allocation. These conflicts over land have been exacerbated, and at times caused by the lack of transparency and available data on the status of land. While a variety of actors has real grievances with the security and efficiency of the current system of land allocation, smallholder farmers bear the brunt of the risk of continuing the status quo in land policy.

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  • Honig, Lauren & Mulenga, Brian P., 2015. "The Status of Customary Land and the Future of Smallholder Farmers Under the Current Land Administration System in Zambia," Food Security Collaborative Working Papers 229597, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
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    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.229597
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    1. William J. Burke & Serena Li & Dingiswayo Banda, 2018. "Female access to fertile land and other inputs in Zambia: why women get lower yields," Agriculture and Human Values, Springer;The Agriculture, Food, & Human Values Society (AFHVS), vol. 35(4), pages 761-775, December.
    2. Nkomoki, William & Bavorová, Miroslava & Banout, Jan, 2018. "Adoption of sustainable agricultural practices and food security threats: Effects of land tenure in Zambia," Land Use Policy, Elsevier, vol. 78(C), pages 532-538.
    3. Honig, Lauren, 2017. "Selecting the State or Choosing the Chief? The Political Determinants of Smallholder Land Titling," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 100(C), pages 94-107.

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