Land in the Realm of Exclusion and Globalization
Posting Date: 22 Nov 04
Author(s): Yamuna Ghale
Land in the Realm of
Exclusion and Globalization
* YAMUNA GHALE
Land is a fundamental natural asset for the resource poor farmers for their livelihoods and social security. Land, either state owned or private property, is a basic asset, which can be exploited in many forms for the benefits of individuals or the nation as a whole. It provides personal identity to individual landholders, raise social status, and increase access to other production resources. But this precious resource is remained as a distance dream for poor and excluded groups in developing countries because of deeply rooted feudal systems shaped by customary believes and highly skewed power relations. In addition, increasing threats of land consolidation and captures by powerful neo-elites as a result of globalization are becoming new challenges for the land rights movement. Therefore, proper analysis of existing land tenure systems and practices and its linkage with emerging global concerns and issues is essential. Furthermore, realization of complexity of international provisions and national commitments needed to be properly understood to devise the instruments for effective land rights movement and subsequent exercise of rights.
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Attached file: 22NOVEMBER2004 Nepal land