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Collective action for smallholder market access

"Issues concerning farmers with small land holdings figure prominently in global discussions about poverty reduction, as the majority of the world's poor belong to such households. Most of these households are linked to the market in one way or…

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"Land grabbing" by foreign investors in developing countries

One of the lingering effects of the food price crisis of 2007-08 on the world food system is the proliferating acquisition of farmland in developing countries by other countries seeking to ensure their food supplies. Increased pressures on natural…

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Governing land: reflections from IFPRI research

Land is still among the most important assets of the rural population in the developing world. Land resources are governed by a variety of tenure systems based on statutory, customary, or religious law. At the same time, many national, subnational,…

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Institutional reforms in Indian irrigation

Irrigation is critical to food security and economic growth in contemporary India. The performance of irrigation systems is of serious concern to farmers who rely on them for their crops and livelihoods and to governments that have invested heavily in…

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Strengthening property rights for the poor

Who are the landed poor? That is the question asked at the beginning of this brief. The author describes the different faces of the landed poor and then take up the issue of strengthening the property rights of these groups, offering guidelines for…

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Farmer research and extension

In this brief, we learn that combining technical innovations with collective action initiatives has been shown to lead to substantial farmer benefits. A number of farmer-led research and extension (FRE) approaches incorporate collective action for…

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Understanding property rights

The authors describe property rights as overlapping 'bundles' of rights, which can be grouped as use rights and control or decisionmaking rights. The authors then explain the concept of legal pluralism or many sources of rights and the implications…

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Irrigation, collective action, and property rights

Governments are now shifting their role from direct management of irrigation systems to regulation of the water sector, provision of support services to water user associations, and capacity building among water user associations and irrigation…

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