How to align formal land rights with farmers' perceptions in Central Asia? / Zarema Akhmadiyeva, Thomas Herzfeld
VerfasserAkhmadiyeva, Zarema ; Herzfeld, Thomas
ErschienenHalle (Saale), Germany : Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO), [2020]
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SerieIAMO policy briefs ; Issue no. 38 (December 2020)
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How to align formal land rights with farmers' perceptions in Central Asia? [0.17 mb]
Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan still undergo the process of establishing a land legislative system implementing agricultural reforms that aim at increasing land productivity. The effectiveness of these reforms is often dependent on the level of law enforcement that varies in accordance with whether political elites in these countries have an interest in enacting certain reforms. As a result legal land rights and farmers' perceptions of land rights may contradict each other and may create an uncertain and insecure environment for the farmers. Based on the findings of a farm-level survey conducted in 2019 in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan this policy brief claims that legal rights and farmers' actual farming practices do not coincide in many cases. Deviations appear in both directions: 1) farmers engage in activities which they are not allowed to be and 2) farmers do not use all the opportunities provided by the national land legislation. These deviations indicate the ineffectiveness not only of land policies but of administrative monitoring and law enforcement mechanisms too. Policy makers are recommended reconsidering the legal restrictions of land use in how far they are necessary to reach policy objectives. Furthermore governments should reform the judicial system in particular enabling farmers and land users to appeal to courts for dispute resolutions in an effective transparent and fair manner. Finally international donors should support future research on land rights and tenure security to improve policy design.