Land access: farmers want well negociated land reforms

Marius Dia (ROPPA, West African Farmers Network) stressed that for peasant farmers, the three main justifications of land reform are:
– The recognition of genuine land rights for peasant farmers;
– The creation of a land tax system in favour of rural communities;
– The response to the land needs of urbanisation and the country’s economic development.

(video in French)

The farmers recommend the recognition of a negotiable usage right for all current holders of an allocation right; the creation of local (or community) markets of usage rights; the introduction of a development tax on land that’s been developed with public funds; the transformation of usage rights into land titles; the rural council’s right of pre-emption and the creation of a land fund.