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African Land Reform Under Economic Liberalisation: States, Chiefs, and Rural Communities


This open access book offers unique in-depth, comprehensive, and comparative analyses of the motivations, context, and outcomes of recent land reforms in Africa. Whereas a considerable number of land reforms have been carried out by African governments since the 1990s, no systematic analysis on their meaning has so far been conducted. In the age of land reform, Africa has seen drastic rural changes. Analysing the relationship between those reforms and change, the chapters in this book reveal not only their socio-economic outcomes, such as accelerated marketisation of land, but also their political outcomes, which have often been contrasting. Countries such as Rwanda and Mozambique have utilised land reform to strengthen state control over land, but other countries, such as Ghana and Zambia, have seen the rise in power of traditional chiefs in managing the land. The comparative perspective of this book clarifies new features of African social changes, which are carefully investigated by area experts. Providing new perspectives on recent land reform, this book will have a considerable impact on scholars as well as policymakers.

■ African Land Reform Under Economic Liberalisation: States, Chiefs, and Rural Communities
■ Edited by TAKEUCHI Shinichi
■ 203pp
■ Published in 2021
■ ISBN978-981-16-4724-6


Introduction: Drastic Rural Changes in the Age of Land Reform/ Shinichi Takeuchi

Land Administration, Chiefs, and Governance in Ghana/ Kojo S. Amanor

'We Owned the Land Before the State Was Established': The State, Traditional Authorities, and Land Policy in Africa/ Horman Chitonge

Renewed Patronage and Strengthened Authority of Chiefs Under the Scarcity of Customary Land in Zambia/ Shuichi Oyama

Land Tenure Reform in Three Former Settler Colonies in Southern Africa/ Chizuko Sato

Politics of Land Resource Management in Mozambique/ Akiyo Aminaka

Land Law Reform and Complex State-Building Process in Rwanda/ Shinichi Takeuchi and Jean Marara

Post-cold War Ethiopian Land Policy and State Power in Land Commercialisation/ Teshome Emana Soboka

Traversing State, Agribusinesses, and Farmers’ Land Discourse in Kenyan Commercial Intensive Agriculture/ Peter Narh