Property rights, collective action, and technologies for natural resource management

exchange of knowledge and implications for policy

Degradation of natural resources has become a global problem that threatens the livelihood of millions of poor people. Many promising technologies for natural resource management are available to address these problems, but farmers and others often fail to adopt them. Why is this? Although many factors can be identified, lack of secure property rights and collective action deserve greater attention from policy makers and technology developers. The authors discuss how property rights and collective action affect technology adoption; the factors influencing technology choices; implications for efficiency, equity and environmental sustainability; and, policy implications and areas for research.

Author: 
Knox, Anna
Meinzen-Dick, Ruth Suseela
Published date: 
1999
Publisher: 
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Series number: 
1
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