Property Regimes in Transition, Land Reform, Food Security and Economic Development: A Case Study in the Kyrguz Republic

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Overview

Many former communist republics strive to adopt a market economy in which the privatisation of landed property is a key element. Generally, it is expected that by doing so, economic development will take off, improving food security and decreasing rural poverty. The relationship between changing land regulations, economic development and poverty is complex and yet little understood.

Many countries in transition seek to find a quick way out of economic stagnation by means of land reform. With land reform, governments in transitional economies expect to achieve economic growth and thus alleviation of rural poverty. Nowadays, there is ample research to prove that, to be effective, land policy reforms need to be complemented with institutional reforms, and rural development activities.

This book increases the awareness of links between land reform, food security and economic development. It puts forward a model for rapid assessment of project progress in which macro-economic indicators are applied in a systematic way to give insight to concepts such as land tenure security and food security and to provide warning signals for less-desired developments as a result of project implementation. Despite being the result of numerous assignments in various Central and Eastern European countries, the book focuses on one country, thus avoiding a mixture of different backgrounds and incompatible data.


About the Author:
Dr Henri A.L. Dekker is a Senior Consultant for Land Tenure and Real Property Data Management.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754636380
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: International Land Management Series
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgement
1 Introduction
2 Definitions and Terminology
3 The Kyrgyz Republic
4 Land Reform in Countries in Transition
5 Building a Model
6 Institutional Change
7 Opportunity Sets
8 Access to Land
9 Resource Use
10 Agricultural Production
11 Assessment of Change in Income
12 Assessment of Economic Development
13 Change in Consumption and in Nutritional Status
14 The Land and Real Estate Registration Project
15 Implications of Non-Evolutionary Land Reform
16 Conclusions
Bibliography
Glossary
Index
Annex A
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