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Title:Outside the Autochthon-Migrant Configuration: Access to Land, Land Conflicts and Inter-Ethnic Relationships in a Former Pioneer Area of Lower Cote d'Ivoire
Authors:Colin, Jean-PhilippeISNI
Kouamé, GeorgesISNI
Soro, DébégnounISNI
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic term:Ivory Coast - Côte d'Ivoire
Subjects:land tenure
ethnic relations
Ethnic and Race Relations
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Urbanization and Migration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4486719
Abstract:This paper discusses land issues in a specific Ivorian context: that of a former no man's land located in lower Côte d'Ivoire. In this region, one does not find the autochthon-migrant dichotomy that generally structures the land issue in southern Côte d'Ivoire. This situation therefore offers an opportunity to document the conditions of access to land and inter-ethnic relationships in a situation characterized by the lack of autochthonous stakeholders. In this context, land rights and land transfers have been moulded by the interplay between migration flows, the dynamics of the smallholder plantation economy, and the rise of land markets. The picture that results is a patchwork, in terms of ethnic land control, where land rights are quite secure. The crucial land issue arises from the active land lease market, with a large acreage of land rented out to Burkinabè pineapple producers - again, without major conflicts. This situation is contrasted with the neighbouring Abouré country, where a conflict over tenancy practices arose in 2001. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]