Centre for Land Tenure Studies

New Journal Paper on land tenure reforms, tenure security and food security

The paper "Land tenure reforms, tenure security and food security in poor agrarian economies: Causal linkages and research gaps" written by Stein T. Holden and Hosaena Ghebru has been published in Global Food Security.

Contributor to European Commission report

Stein T. Holden is one of the contributors to European Commission report on "Food and nutrition security and role of smallholder farms: challenges and opportunities".

New Journal Paper on Cattle sharing and rental contracts in an Agrarian economy

The paper "Cattle sharing and rental contracts in an Agrarian economy: evidence from Ethiopia" written by Million A. Tadesse, Stein T. Holden, Ragnar A. Øygard and John McPeak been published in Agricultural Economics.

Co-author of a Technical Report

Mesfin Tilahun Gelaye, post doc reasearcher at the School of Economics and Business, is co-author of Technical Report "Rwanda - State of Environment and Outlook Report 2015".

CLTS Working Paper on urban commons

The paper "Of urban commons" written by Erling Berge is now published as a CLTS Working Paper.

Speaker at NORHED conference in Oslo

Mesfin Tilahun Gelaye, post doc reasearcher at the School of Economics and Business, was speaker at the NORHED conference in Oslo.

New Journal Paper on household-level preferences

The paper "Household-level preferences for mitigation of Prosopis juliflora invasion in the Afar region of Ethiopia: a contingent valuation" written by Mesfin Tilahun, Regina Birner and  John Ilukorhas been published in Journal of Environmental Planning and Management.

New Journal Paper on factors affecting differences in livestock asset ownership

The paper "Factors Affecting Differences in Livestock Asset Ownership Between Male- and Female-Headed Households in Northern Ethiopia" written by Bethelhem Legesse Debela has been published in European Journal of Development Research.


Speaker at the launching of ELD Africa Report

Mesfin Tilahun Gelaye, post doc reasearcher at the School of Economics and Business, was speaker at the launching of the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Africa Report.

New Journal Paper on Land rental market legal restrictions

The paper "Land rental market legal restrictions in Northern Ethiopia" written by Stein T. Holden and Hosaena Ghebru has been published in Land Use Policy.

New Journal Paper on technology use under climate risk and shocks

The paper "Exploring technology use under climate risk and shocks through an experimental lens" written by Stein T. Holden and Nina Bruvik Westberg has been published in African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Participant at Annual World Bank Conference

Stein T. Holden will hold an invited plenary talk with the title "A Land Tenure Module for LSMS" in Washington DC, March 15th.

CLTS Research Report: How Pro-poor are Land Rental Markets in Ethiopia?

New CLTS Research Report written by Stein T. Holden, Sosina Bezu and Mesfin Tilahun is based on the project between CLTS and UN-Habitat with the title "Research on Land Access and Youth Livelihood Opportunities in Southern Ethiopia".

CLTS Working Paper on tenure and food security

The paper "Links between Tenure Security and Food Security in Poor Agrarian Economies: Causal Linkages and Policy Implications" written by Stein T. Holden and Hosaena Ghebru is now published as a CLTS Working Paper.

CLTS Working Paper on youth as environmental custodians

The paper "Youth as Environmental Custodians: A Potential Tragedy or A Sustainable Business and Livelihood Model?" written by Stein T. Holden and Mesfin Tilahun is now published as a CLTS Working Paper.

CLTS Working Paper on new commons established by pooling

The paper "New commons established by pooling, facilitated by the Land Consolidation Court. Norwegian experiences and examples" written by Hans Sevatdal is now published as a CLTS Working Paper.

New Journal Paper on preferences for land sales legalization and land values

The paper "Preferences for land sales legalization and land values in Ethiopia" written by Stein T. Holden, Sosina Bezu has been published in Land Use Policy.

CLTS Working Paper on rights in relation to betterment and compensation

The paper "Unlock the lock-in! Balance of rights in relation to betterment and compensation in Poland" written by Małgorzata Barbara Havel s now published as a CLTS Working Paper.

CLTS Working Paper on Land Tenure Module for LSMS

The paper "A Land Tenure Module for LSMS" written by Stein T. Holden, Daniel Ali, Klaus Deininger and Thea Hilhorst is now published as a CLTS Working Paper.

Successful Land Rental Project Workshop

Land Rental Project Workshop took place in Addis Ababa on the 110th-11th of December.

CLTS on the way to a new research project

Stein T. Holden will participate in the workshop organized by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome on the 16th -17th of December that has an objective of identifying specific groups that could collaborate on a new research project.

New Journal Paper on the impact of a low-cost land certification programme

The paper "The Role of Land Certification in Reducing Gaps in Productivity between Male- and Female-Owned Farms in Rural Ethiopia" written by Mintewab Bezabih, Stein Holden and Andrea Mannberg has been published in the Journal of Development Studies.

New Journal Paper on the potential for widespread adoption of drought tolerant (DT) maize varieties

The paper "Subsidies promote use of drought tolerant maize varieties despite variable yield performance under smallholder environments in Malawi" written by Stein T. Holden and Monica Fisher has been published in Food Security.

Seminar with David Adamson

David Adamson, senior research officer in natural resources at the University of Queensland, will hold a presentation on the 19th of November, at 12.15 in T452, Tower Building.


New Journal Paper on Delineation of property rights as institutional foundations for urban land markets in transition

The paper "Delineation of property rights as institutional foundations for urban land markets in transition" written by Małgorzata Barbara Havel has been published in Land Use Policy.

New Journal Paper on Reducing Deforestation and Forest Degradation

The paper "Reducing Deforestation and Forest Degradation: Leakage or Synergy?" written by Philippe Delacote and Arild Angelsen has been published in Land Economics.

New Journal Paper on rural households' demand for frankincense forest conservation in Tigray

The paper "Rural Households' Demand for Frankincense Forest Conservation in Tigray, Ethiopia: A Contingent Valuation Analysis" written by Mesfin Tilahun, Liesbet Vranken, Bart Muys, Jozef Deckers, Kidanemariam Gebregziabher, Kindeya Gebrehiwot, Hans Bauer and Erik Mathijs been published in Journal of Land Degradation and Development.

New Journal Paper on impact of membership on rural income and poverty in Tigray

The paper "Impact of membership in frankincense cooperative firms on rural income and poverty in Tigray, Northern Ethiopia" written by Mesfin Tilahun, Miet Maertens, Jozef Deckers, Bart Muys and Erik Mathijs been published in Forest Policy and Economics.

Factors associated with farmers' use of minimum tillage in Zambia: A double hurdle modeling approach


Hambulo Ngoma, Brian P. Mulenga and Thomas S. Jayne have presented the poster with the title "Factors associated with farmers' use of minimum tillage in Zambia" on the 2nd International Conference on Global Food Security Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA, 11.-14. October.

Climate risk and state-contingent technology adoption


Stein Holden held presentation with the title "Climate risk and state-contingent technology adoption: The role of risk preferences and probability weighting" on the 2nd International Conference on Global Food Security Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA, 11.-14. October.

Links Between Food Security and Tenure Security


Hosaena Ghebru and Stein Holden have presented the poster with the title "Links Between Food Security and Tenure Security: Panel Data Evidence from Ethiopia" on the 2nd International Conference on Global Food Security Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA, 11.-14. October.

Lead author of the ELD report

Mesfin Tilahun Gelaye, post doc reasearcher at the School of Economics and Business, is a lead co-author of the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative Report 2015 on "The Economics of Land Degradation in Africa".

New Journal Paper on the commons of developed industrialized countries

The paper "On the commons of developed industrialized countries" written by Erling Berge and Margaret Mckean has been published in the International Journal of the Commons.

New Journal Paper on enclosure Norwegian style

The paper "On enclosure Norwegian style" written by Erling Berge and Anne Sigrid Haugset has been published in the International Journal of the Commons.

New Journal Paper on Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Program

The paper "Does Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Program improve child nutrition?" written by Bethelhem Legesse Debela, Gerald Shively and Stein T. Holden has been published in the Journal of Food Security.

Contributor to ELD Report 2015

Mesfin Tilahun Gelaye, post doc reasearcher at the School of Economics and Business, and his co-authors contributed a case study to the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Report 2015 on "The Value of Land". The report has been launched at the European Commision on September 15th.

Participant at European Commission workshop

Stein T. Holden held presentation at the workshop on "Local level food and nutrition security and the role of subsistence/smallholder farms" in Seville, September 10th.

New Journal Paper on Experimental tests of tropical forest conservation measures

The paper "Experimental tests of tropical forest conservation measures" written by Øyvind Nystad Handberg and Arild Angelsen has been published in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

CLTS Working Paper on street based self-employment

The paper "Street based self-employment: A poverty trap or a stepping stone for migrant youth in Africa?" written by Sosina Bezu and Stein T. Holden is now published as a CLTS Working Paper.

CLTS Annual Report 2014

CLTS Annual Report 2014 is now available online.

New Journal Paper on generosity and sharing among villagers

The paper "Generosity and sharing among villagers:Do women give more?" written by Sosina Bezu and Stein T. Holden has been published in the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics.

CLTS Working Paper risk preferences, shocks and technology adoption

The paper "Risk Preferences, Shocks and Technology Adoption: Farmers’ Responses to Drought Risk" written by Stein T. Holden is now published as a CLTS Working Paper.

CLTS Working Paper on the history of the transformation of the Verran municipality

The paper "Enclosure Norwegian Style: the Withering Away of an Institution" written by Erling Berge and Anne Sigrid Haugset is now published as a CLTS Working Paper.

New Journal Paper on Technical Efficiency and Productivity Differential Effects of Land Right Certification

The paper "Technical Efficiency and Productivity Differential Effects of Land Right Certification: A Quasi-Experimental Evidence" written by Hosaena Ghebru and Stein T. Holden has been published in the Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture.

Seminar with Dr. Ephraim Nkonya

Ephraim Nkonya, senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Insitutte (IFPRI), will hold a presentation on the 27th of March, at 09.00 in T450, Tower Building.

New Journal Paper on Institutional dynamics and land tenure

The paper "A tragedy of errors? Institutional dynamics and land tenure in Finnmark, Norway" written by Andrei Marin and Ivar Bjørklund has been published in the International Journal of the Commons.

CLTS Working Paper on the potential for widespread adoption of drought tolerant maize varieties

The paper "Can Adoption of Improved Maize Varieties Help Smallholder Farmers Adapt to Drought? Evidence from Malawi" written by Stein T. Holden and Monica Fischer is now published as a CLTS Working Paper.

CLTS Working Paper on exchange asymmetries in productive assets

The paper "Tools, Fertilizer or Cash? Exchange Asymmetries in Productive Assets" written by Stein T. Holden and Sosina Bezu is now published as a CLTS Working Paper.

CLTS Research Report: Rural-urban Youth Migration and Informal Self-Employment in Ethiopia

New CLTS Research Report written by Sosina Bezu and Stein T. Holden is based on the project between CLTS and UN-Habitat with the title "Research on Land Access and Youth Livelihood Opportunities in Southern Ethiopia".

CLTS Working Paper on land valuation and perceptions of land sales prohibition in Ethiopia

The paper "Land Valuation and Perceptions of Land Sales Prohibition in Ethiopia" written by Stein T. Holden and Sosina Bezu is now published as a CLTS Working Paper.

New Journal Paper on Reverse-Share-Tenancy and Agricultural Efficiency

The paper "Reverse-Share-Tenancy and Agricultural Efficiency: Farm-Level Evidence from Ethiopia" written by Hosaena H. Ghebru and Stein T. Holden has been published in the international Journal of African Economies.

CLTS Working Paper on risky choices of poor people

The paper "Risky Choices of Poor People: Comparing Risk Preference Elicitation Approaches in Field Experiments" written by Stein T. Holden is now published as a CLTS Working Paper.

CLTS Working Paper on activity choice in rural non-farm employment

The paper "Activity Choice in Rural Non-farm Employment (RNFE): Survival versus accumulative strategy" written by Sosina Bezu, Christopher B. Barrett and Stein T. Holden is now published as a CLTS Working Paper.

Collaboration between CLTS and UN-Habitat has been extended

The agreement between CLTS and UN-Habitat on the project with the title "Research on Land Access and Youth Livelihood Opportunities in Southern Ethiopia" has been extended until 31st of March 2015.

CLTS Working Paper on Ethiopia's Productive Safe Net Program

The paper "How Does Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Program Affect Livestock Accumulation and Children’s Education?" written by Bethelhem Legesse Debela and Stein T. Holden is now published as a CLTS Working Paper.

Seminar on land reforms

Dr. Bill Kinsey, senior research fellow at Ruzivo Trust, will hold a presentation on the 26th of September, at 13.00-15.00 in the Thor Larsen Attic, 3rd floor, Tivoli Building.

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