Does Land Tenure Insecurity Discourage Tree Planting? Evolution of Customary Land Tenure and Agroforestry Management in Sumatra.

TitleDoes Land Tenure Insecurity Discourage Tree Planting? Evolution of Customary Land Tenure and Agroforestry Management in Sumatra.
Publication TypeDiscussion Paper
AuthorsOtsuka K, Suyanto S, Tomich T
ContactAuthorasb@cgiar.org
Secondary TitleEPTD Discussion Paper
PublisherEnvironment and Production Technology Division, International Food Policy Research Institute
Place PublishedWashington, DC
Year of Publication1997
Number31
Pagination45
Date PublishedDecember 1997
Publication LanguageEnglish
AbstractIt is widely believed that land tenure insecurity under a customary tenure system leads to socially inefficient resource allocation. This article demonstrates that land tenure insecurity promotes tree planting, which is inefficient from the private point of view but could be relatively efficient from the viewpoint of the global environment. Regression analysis, based on primary data collected in Sumatra, indicates that tenure insecurity in fact leads to early tree planting. It is also found that customary land tenure institutions have been evolving towards greater tenure security responding to increasing scarcity of land.
KeywordsEnvironment, land, land tenure, resources, security, Sumatra, tree planting
URLhttp://www.ifpri.org/divs/eptd/dp/papers/eptdp31.pdf
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