Land Reform and Poverty Alleviation in Mozambique

March 2002
Simon Norfolk and Harold Liversage (for SARPN)

Details the development of contemporary land rights policy and poverty alleviation planning in Mozambique, lessons learned from recent experiences of land reform in Zambezia Province, challenges and strategic options for future support for land reform. Argues that the land reform programme has now reached a critical stage with senior officials believing that measures in the 1997 Land Law designed to protect community tenure are obstacles to investment, and growing support for unfettered privatisation of land rights which would mainly benefit speculators. Looks at capacity and resource issues at provincial and district levels, at community consultations and representation, and the costs of land registration.