Land: A foundation for peacebuilding
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Land: A foundation for peacebuilding book
Managing land tenure is one of the most persistently troublesome issues in peacebuilding processes. At the same time, land and property rights offer valuable opportunities to deliver peace dividends to war-weary populations, as well as long-term improvements in livelihoods, governance, and the economy. For example, in post-conflict countries, where agriculture is often not only a subsistence activity but also the source of a substantial portion of gross domestic product, exports, and government revenues, there are often strong incentives for the development of large-scale agricultural plantations (De Schutter 2011). When the large-scale land acquisitions necessary for such activities compete with subsistence farming for the use of arable lands, inequities arise that can be addressed by the development of a credible and coherent system of land management. Paying attention to land issues can also help mitigate volatile ethnic, tribal, and religious claims on and attachments to lands (Bruch et al. 2009).