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Land Policy and Agriculture in Eastern and Southern Africa

Table of contents (158 p.)

Edited by J.W. Arntzen, L.D. Ngcongco, and S.D. Turner

Selected Papers Presented at a Workshop

Held in Gaborone, Botswana, 14-19 February 1982


The arid and semi-arid lands together constitute about one-third of the earth's land surface but support only about one-eighth of its population. These dry lands contain a significant proportion of the poorest countries of the world.

The United Nations University Arid Lands Sub-programme chose the theme "Assessment of the Application of Existing Knowledge to Arid Lands Problems." A number of research studies and workshops were undertaken in connection with this theme, examining the various interfaces that exist between scientific investigation and the application of its findings, often within a regional context.

Land Policy and Agriculture in Eastern and Southern Africa focuses on the problems of food production, including farming and food policies, in relation to the management of natural resources and environmental considerations.

Although the UNU's special Sub-programme on Arid Lands has now been concluded, the new programme on Resource Policy and Management is maintaining this international dimension in research, training, and dissemination, stressing the interaction of resource management, conservation, and development.

The United Nations University, 1986

The views expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations University.

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Opening address

1. A conceptual framework for land policy and agricultural development

Land tenure, policy, and management in english-speaking African countries
Land tenure and the developing society

2. Development of land policy

Determination of land policy in Zimbabwe
Botswana's land tenure: Institutional reform and policy formulation
Institutional, administrative, and management aspects of land tenure in Zambia
Land law and land policy in Malawi

3. Some implications of land policy and tenure

Lesotho's land policy under the land act 1979 and its implications for the agricultural sector
Social implications of land reforms in Tanzania
The legal superstructure and agricultural development: Myths and realities in Uganda
The perils of land tenure reform: the case of Kenya

4. Environmental and institutional aspects of land policy

Social and environmental impacts of agrarian reform in rural Botswana
Environmental implications of land-use patterns in the new villages in Tanzania
Environmental pressure and land-use change in communal eastern Botswana: The case of Kgatleng

5. Land tenure and agricultural development

The land tenure system of Zambia and agricultural development
Land tenure systems and agricultural production in Malawi
Land tenure and agricultural production in Swaziland

6. Conclusion
Appendix: Exchange rates of southern and eastern African countries (February 1982)
Participants and contributors
Other UNU publications

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