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Title:Property rights and rural resource management: the case of tree crops in West Africa
Author:Berry, S.ISNI
Periodical:Cahiers des sciences humaines
Geographic term:West Africa
Subjects:land tenure
Abstract:The spread of tree crop cultivation in the West African humid zone has led to the commercialization of rights in tree crop farms, but not to the full privatization of rights in land. For one thing, rights in trees may be held and exchanged separately from rights in land. Also, inheritance, tenancy, and some labour arrangements often create multiple rights in trees and hence counteract privatization. Over time, individuals' control over tree crop farms has depended more on their ability to exercise their claims vis--vis those of other rightholders, than on the way in which they acquired their rights in the first place. In this article, this argument is developed with reference to women's control over tree crops, and the role of sharecropping and other labour arrangements in defining rights in farms. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. also in French.