Smallholders? Land Ownership and Access in Sub-Saharan Africa: A New Landscape?

26 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2016

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Klaus Deininger

World Bank - Development Economics Group (DEC); World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Fang Xia

University of International Business and Economics (UIBE); World Bank

Sara Savastano

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); University of Rome Tor Vergata - Faculty of Economics; World Bank

Date Written: June 2, 2015

Abstract

While scholars agree on the importance of land rental markets for structural transformation in rural areas, evidence on the extent and nature of their operation, including potential obstacles to their improved functioning, remains limited. This study uses household-level data from six countries to start filling this gap and derive substantive as well as methodological lessons. The paper finds that rental markets transfer land to land-poor, labor-rich, and more productive producers throughout. But vast cross-country variation in transfers and the fact that female managers could possibly improve their income by leasing out land point towards barriers to participation that policy might address. Methodological and substantive conclusions are derived.

Keywords: Inequality

Suggested Citation

Deininger, Klaus and Xia, Fang and Savastano, Sara, Smallholders? Land Ownership and Access in Sub-Saharan Africa: A New Landscape? (June 2, 2015). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7285, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2613753

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Fang Xia

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Sara Savastano

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University of Rome Tor Vergata - Faculty of Economics ( email )

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