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Title:Modernizing land tenure in Mauritania: the role of law in development
Author:Grayzel, JohnISNI
Series:Working papers
City of publisher:Boston, MA
Publisher:African Studies Center, Boston University
Geographic term:Mauritania
Subjects:rural development
land law
Abstract:Land tenure is one of the major constraints on rural agricultural development in Mauritania. This paper looks at the close relationship between land tenure problems, the distribution of land use rights, development activities and local environment realities. It describes traditional productive zone practices, social structure and land tenure practices, changes during the colonial period and after independence, and the Ordinance of 1983 which vested land rights in those who put the land into productive use. On a more theoretical level, the paper draws lessons from the Mauritanian experience for the greater issue of the hows, whys and wherefores of land concentration in Africa.