Communicating international development research (id21): Land

Natural Resource Highlights” are published annually by id21, which is hosted by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) of the University of Sussex in Brighton, BN1 9RE (UK). It is supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

id21 publishes these highlights on agriculture, conservation, fisheries, forestry, land, rural livelihoods and water. On the website http://www.id21.org/nr you will find the full range of over 2000 research highlights.

I read the 2006 issues on all the above fields of interest and found very interesting contributions:

LAND

1. Privatising common land in Botswana.
2. Land disputes in Ghana.
3. Women and land rights in India.
4. Why do the Maasai split up group ranches?
5. Evaluating land policies in highland Ethiopia.
6. Agrarian reform and rural poverty in South Africa.

A number of useful websites are mentioned. These offer new possibilities for collecting information:

Arid Lands Information Network: http://www.alin.or.ke
Collective Action and Property Rights: http://www.ifpri.org/themes/capri.htm
Drylands Research: http://www.drylandsresearch.org.uk
International Arid Lands Consortium: http://www.ag.arizona.edu/OALS/IALC
International Institute for Environment and Development-Drylands: http://www.iied.org/NR/drylands/index.html
The International Land Coalition: http://www.landcoalition.org
Land Tenure Centre: http://www.ies.wisc.edu/ltc
Oxfam – Land Rights in Africa: http://www.oxfam.org.uk/what_we_do/issues/livelihoods/landrights/index.htm
Pastoral Development Network: http://www.odi.org.uk/pdn.index.html
Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies: http://www.uwc.ac.za/plaas

id21 Natural Resources Highlights are intended for people with limited internet access, and are free of charge. Those who would like to subscribe send their contact details to the following address, telling id21 which topics they would like to receive: agriculture, conservation, fisheries, forestry, land, rural livelihoods and water:

Institute of Development Studies (IDS) of the University of Sussex
Brighton, BN1 9RE (UK)
Tel. +44 (0) 1273 678787
Fax +44 (0) 1273 877335
email: id21@ids.ac.uk

Let me strongly recommend this to all my friends of the developing countries, but also to all those interested in sustainable development. It’s almost a MUST!

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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