Land in Africa – an Indispensable Element towards Increasing the Wealth of the Poor

September 2002
Jose Negrao (Professor of Development Economics, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique). Published in Oficina dos Centro de Estudos Sociais, No. 179, Setembro 2002, Universidade de Coimbra, pp.1-21

Includes the dimension of poverty and the need for land; colonisation and decolonisation; the imposition of globalization; indispensable but sufficient; constructing/ building the institutional framework in Mozambique. Cites the key issues cited by Mozambican civil society – no to landless people in Mozambique; no to absentee landowners, those who let the land and do not invest; recognition of testimonial proof of land occupation by the poor; incorporation of common law systems into the legal framework; and stop the bi-modal approach for agricultural development.