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Title:The primacy of land in rural development: issues and options in Kenya
Author:Kiamba, MakauISNI
Periodical:Review of Rural and Urban Planning in Southern and Eastern Africa
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:rural development
customary law
land law
land use
agricultural land
Abstract:Starting from the primacy of land in rural development and its multidimensional character, the author ultimately presents general indications as to what could be the components of a viable rural land policy within the framework of the existence of three overlapping and interrelated sets of land relations or circuits: the traditional-'informal' sector, the transitional zone and the 'formal'-'modern' sector. Government involvement is justified on the grounds of effectiveness and efficiency, equity, certainty, the need to safeguard the State and the national patrimony, and the importance of recognizing the legitimacy of differences in land relations. The author also briefly reviews systems of land tenure (communal, individual, public) and related control and management issues (land use, land transactions). The paper is largely theoretical in orientation, illustrated with examples from Kenya. Bibliogr.