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Title:Local Perceptions of Indigenous Land Tenure Systems: Views of Peasants, Women and Dignitaries in a Rural Province of Burkina Faso
Authors:Sawadogo, Jean-Pierre
Stamm, VolkerISNI
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic term:Burkina Faso
Subjects:customary law
land law
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Women's Issues
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Cultural Roles
Status of Women
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/161652
Abstract:This article is based on the observation that the large debate on the nature and consequences of so-called indigenous land tenure systems does not sufficiently take into account the perceptions and interpretations of peasants themselves. Consequently, its aims are to provide people with a voice and to analyse their assessment of different forms of access to land, of the modifications undergone in recent times, and their adjustments to this change. Data are derived from field research carried out from January to April 1998 in the villages of Noh, Pitenga and Tamiougou, in Bam Province, central Burkina Faso. The approach used consisted of a quantitative study of a sample of some 300 plots, and a qualitative analysis of the results of nine discussion groups in the three villages. The authors conclude that peasants in this area do not feel insecure about their land tenure situation, with regard either to the scope and duration or to the guarantee of their rights. Consequently, there is no need, from their point of view, to 'reform' existing land tenure practices. This assessment of their own position is confirmed by the empirical data. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.