Collaboration with the World Bank on land issues in Malawi

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Stein Holden has contributed to a new initiative by the World Bank to promote better land governance in Malawi. One of the outcomes of this is now a World Bank Policy Research Paper with the title "Gender-differentiated impacts of tenure insecurity on agricultural performance in Malawi's customary tenure systems" written together with Klaus W. Deininger and Fang Xia.

Collaboration with the World Bank on land issues in Malawi

Policy Research Working Paper "Gender-differentiated impacts of tenure insecurity on agricultural performance in Malawi's customary tenure systems" is part of a larger effort by the World Bank to provide open access to its research and make a contribution to development policy discussions around the world.

Abstract
Many African countries rely on sporadic land transfers from customary to statutory domains to attract investment and improve agricultural performance. Data from 15,000 smallholders and 800 estates in Malawi allow exploring the long-term effects of such a strategy. The results suggest that (i) most estates are less productive than smallholders; (ii) fear of land loss, although not exclusively due to estates, is associated with a 12 percent productivity loss for females, which is large enough to finance a low-cost tenure regularization program; and (iii) failure to collect realistic land rents implies public revenue losses of up to US$50 million per year.

Published 20. January 2017 - 9:39 - Updated 23. May 2017 - 19:10

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