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A. General Comment

By World Bank and Prof Kasim Kasanga


The paper is timely. Putting Land Policy in the development debate is a novelty worth commending. In the past, land issues were either taken for granted and/or treated in passing. As the paper rightly concludes, the plight of the poor who depend mainly on land in most developing countries has worsened over the years. This shows a failure not only of land policy, but development policies generally. Whilst Land Policy for pro-poor development is crucial, it is contended that a dynamic and comprehensive land policy is an indispensable component of any progressive national development policy. Land Policy should protect the poor as well as the rich, the weak as well as the strong ( i.e. all stakeholders). It should lay the fundamental bedrock for land and agricultural based economies to achieve sustainable development. B. Specific Comments The broad objectives, analysis, conclusions are progressive and are generally supported by the evidence available. The following areas are particularly strongly argued: x

Year: 2011
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