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Title:Land Alienation in Borana: Some Land Tenure Issues in a Pastoral Context in Ethiopia
Author:Helland, JohanISNI
Periodical:Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review (ISSN 1027-1775)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
Northeast Africa
land law
animal husbandry
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Development and Technology
land tenure
Pastoral economy
Boran (African people)
government policy
agricultural land
Abstract:This paper discusses the land rights of the Borana pastoralists as an example of pastoral land tenure in Ethiopia. Pastoral tenure rights are usually a simplified version of much more complex tenurial arrangements found in agricultural areas. The pre-eminence of State rights is characteristic of the situation. Pastoral tenure rights usually involve unclear group user rights to the resources, with poor legal protection from pastoral competitors or agricultural expansion into the rangelands. The land base of Borana pastoralists has been continuously diminished over the last century, partly because of political and military competition, more recently because of developmental approaches which encourage alternative forms of land use (agriculture, land grants to 'investors') and which have ecological repercussions (bush encroachment) which remove large parts of the remaining land resources from Borana pastoralism. The Borana have inadequate protection from the land tenure legislation, which does not take the requirements of pastoralism much into account. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.