The Policy Problem: Group Ranch Subdivision in Semiarid Maasailand

  • Esther Mwangi


The transformation of property rights in land from “communal” rights based on indigenous systems to more formal, legally enforced individual rights has been a defining characteristic of agrarian development in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa (Okoth-Ogendo, 1993). Many African governments working closely with international development agencies anticipated that individual, private ownership would create incentives that would lead to increased agricultural production and greater environmental care. Consequently, they expended tremendous effort in transforming indigenous tenure systems in the late 1960s through to the early 1980s.


Institutional Change Policy Problem Critical Juncture Socioeconomic Change Property Regime 
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© Esther Mwangi 2007

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