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Impact of Land Tenure and Other Socioeconomic Factors on Mountain Terrace Maintenance in Yemen

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dc.contributor.author Aw-Hassan, Aden en_US
dc.contributor.author Alsanabani, Mohamed en_US
dc.contributor.author Bamatraf, Abdul R. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T15:09:05Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T15:09:05Z
dc.date.issued 2000 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-04-26 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-04-26 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3804
dc.description.abstract "This paper describes the land property rights and tenure systems in the western escarpments of the Yemeni Highlands, and analyzes the impact of land tenure arrangements and other socioeconomic factors on terrace maintenance. Owner-cultivated land is dominant in the terraced area, but more than one-third of the land is sharecropped. Terraces cultivated by landowners have a lower number of broken walls per hectare than those cultivated by tenants under sharecropping arrangements. This is more significant on sharecropped public (state) than private lands the reason being the lack of clearly defined responsibilities between tenants and landowners for maintenance and cost sharing. These responsibilities are defined in the customary rules of land use, but uneven power distribution, which favors landlords, results in lack of clear rules and enforcement mechanisms. The study recommends government action in strengthening existing local institutions in documenting sharecropping contracts, improving and targeting agricultural credit services, instituting better price policies, and improving technologies for farmers. These measures will likely increase land users' expected returns to investment, particularly for food crops, and increase landowners' willingness to invest in terrace maintenance." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries CAPRi Working Paper, no. 3 en_US
dc.subject land tenure and use en_US
dc.subject mountain regions en_US
dc.subject economics en_US
dc.subject property rights en_US
dc.subject sharecropping en_US
dc.subject agriculture en_US
dc.title Impact of Land Tenure and Other Socioeconomic Factors on Mountain Terrace Maintenance in Yemen en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.publisher.workingpaperseries CGIAR System-Wide Program on Property Rights and Collective Action, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC en_US
dc.coverage.region Middle East & South Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country Yemen en_US
dc.subject.sector Agriculture en_US
dc.subject.sector Land Tenure & Use en_US
dc.submitter.email lwisen@indiana.edu en_US

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