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Land Reform and Rural Territories: Experiences from Brazil and South Africa

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Quan, Julian
Date: 2008
Agency: International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London
Series: Gatekeeper 134
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5899
Sector: Land Tenure & Use
Region: Africa
South America
Subject(s): land tenure and use
indigenous institutions
rural development
local governance and politics
Abstract: "Despite programmes for rural land reform and redistribution around the world, inequitable land distribution and rural poverty remain profound in much of the rural South. This paper suggests a new approach to land reform and rural development. 'Rural territorial development' (RTD) is based on and encourages shared territorial identity (distinctive productive, historical, cultural and environmental features) amongst different stakeholders and social groupings. It builds on the fact that rural people’s livelihood strategies are complex and often mostly non-agricultural in nature. It works by (1) promoting collaboration between different sectoral agencies, levels and administrative units of government, and with civil society and private sector actors, within distinctive geographical spaces; and (2) creating new, inclusive multi-stakeholder fora for participatory development planning and implementation at the meso scale—working across groupings of local municipalities, which are often too small on their own to drive economic development."

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