Land Property Rights Interventions for Increasing Productivity in Developing Countries: A Systematic Review

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The project was to establish whether strengthening land property rights for the poor in developing countries leads to gains in economic productivity.



Duration: 2011 – 2013

Lead Section: Environment & Sustainable Development

Funder: UK Department for International Development (DFID)

The aim of the project was to establish whether strengthening land property rights for the poor in developing countries leads to gains in economic productivity. It was carried out to inform policymakers and development practitioners at DFID and abroad on the evidence of land property rights projects and programmes in improving economic performance.

The specific objectives of the project were as follows:

  • to analyze the quantitative and qualitative impacts of interventions to strengthen land property rights on agricultural and livelihood outcomes in rural areas of low and middle income countries;
  • to assess whether these effects are different for men and women, and under what circumstances; and
  • to assess specific mechanisms that enable or limit productivity improvement (barriers and facilitators).

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