Support the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform to Develop an Integrated Comprehensive Rural Development Strategy

About the Project

This project recognises the critical role that the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform plays in promoting rural development and equitable access to land in order to address poverty and underdevelopment in rural areas. Rural poverty and underdevelopment is strongly associated with poor access to land, either in the form of landlessness or because of insecure land rights. Economic analysis has long recognised the importance of secure property rights for growth, and therefore for the poverty reduction which growth can bring. Increased land access for the poor can also bring direct benefits of poverty alleviation, by directly contributing to increased household food security. Working together with the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform the programme seeks to achieve the following:

  • Provide technical assistance in the development of an Integrated Rural Development Strategy ;
  • Facilitate International Information Exchange Programme to share experiences from other developing countries on equitable access to land;
  • Facilitate and coordinate an inclusive multi-stakeholder platform on the impact of access to land to poverty reduction.

Project Rationale

The National Development Plan recognised the need to develop an integrated and inclusive rural economy to enable rural communities to fully participate in the economic and political life of the country. The overall objective of the project is to support the DRDLR to operationalise its policies and provide technical support in developing policies and legislations that will promote equitable access to land. 

Overall Budget: $820 000

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