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Farmers' perceptions of land and water property rights: Discrepancies between de jure and de facto rights in Tajikistan


  • Gehrigk, Frederike
  • Herzfeld, Thomas
  • Theesfeld, Insa


With about 85 % of irrigated agricultural land in Tajikistan, irrigation schemes play a central role for commercial crop production of dekhan farms (peasants) but also contribute to food security for households by cultivating kitchen gardens or presidential land. However, many structural and institutional problems in the land and water sector hinder the efficiency and sustainability of Tajik agriculture.This paper is aimed to determine the discrepancies between de jure and de facto (property) rights of the different farm households with respect to land and water resources for the case of Tajikistan.

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  • Gehrigk, Frederike & Herzfeld, Thomas & Theesfeld, Insa, 2013. "Farmers' perceptions of land and water property rights: Discrepancies between de jure and de facto rights in Tajikistan," International Conference and Young Researchers Forum - Natural Resource Use in Central Asia: Institutional Challenges and the Contribution of Capacity Building 159119, University of Giessen (JLU Giessen), Center for International Development and Environmental Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:ugidic:159119

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    1. Edella Schlager & Elinor Ostrom, 1992. "Property-Rights Regimes and Natural Resources: A Conceptual Analysis," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 68(3), pages 249-262.
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    land and water property rights; Tajikistan; Community/Rural/Urban Development; Research Methods/ Statistical Methods; R; Q; O;

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