Land management

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For the world’s rural population, land is the basis of their livelihoods. It is a production factor in agriculture and an economic asset, but it is also the source of many conflicts. It is a known fact that secure rights of ownership, use and transfer, and equitable access to land are indispensable conditions for sustainable development. In many partner countries, however, these conditions are not in place.

Losing the ground beneath our feet
As the population grows, so too does the pressure on land. In many places, however, uncertainty regarding property rights and tenure are an obstacle to investment in rural areas. This gives rise to conflicts and promotes land degradation which makes farming land increasingly scarce and thus exacerbates poverty. Approaches aimed at resolving these problems have many different facets. On the one hand, there must be the political will to develop programmes for durable land management. On the other, there is often a great deal of catching up to do as regards building the specialist capacities and skills required for a predictable land policy.

Transparent structural policy: land management must have universal support
Broad-based advisory services to policy decision-makers ensure that land policy is debated in a transparent public process and enshrined in legislation. This helps to defuse land-related conflicts. GIZ works on behalf of the German Federal Government.



Land policy and land management

For economic and social development to be sustainable, secure rights of property ownership, usage and disposal along with fair access to land are essential. GIZ engages in land policy and legal counselling ...

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