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Title:Hybrid land markets: monetarised customary land transactions in Zambia
Editor:Chitonge, HormanISNI
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0008-3968)
Geographic term:Zambia
Subjects:land tenure
customary law
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00083968.2017.1303389
Abstract:This paper examines the growing trend of monetarised transactions of customary land in Zambia, and the impact of these dealings on customary land practices and norms. While transactions of customary land involving money are not a new phenomenon in many parts of Africa, including Zambia, the growing demand for land, especially in areas where land shortages are emerging, has led to a steady growth in these transactions, with the practice becoming more widespread. In the Zambian context, this is directly linked to the policy that allows customary land to be converted into leasehold tenure. Local elites, urban dwellers, and foreign investors are taking this opportunity to acquire customary land which they then convert to leasehold tenure. However, while these dealings have some features of a conventional market, they are, at the same time, bound up in local customary land norms. Although such transactions have been reported widely in the literature, there has been little analysis of their nature and the impact this is having on traditional land practices and norms. Drawing mainly from qualitative data, this paper examines the nature of these transactions and the effects they are having on customary land relations, practices and norms. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]