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Land Conference

Washington, DC April 26 and 27, 2010


Opening Session & Keynotes 


Thematic Sessions

Large Scale Agricultural Investment 

Land Governance 

Research and Capacity Builing 

 

 

 

 

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Innovations in Land Rights Recognition, Administration, and Governance
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OPENING SESSION
Chair: J. Lin, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, World Bank 
 
Opening Remarks 
  
  • Facilitating land access and agricultural investment: The role of international institutions
    K. Nwanze, President, IFAD
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  • Securing land rights for the poor: The case of Lesotho
    P. Sekatle Matumelo, Minister of Local Government, Kingdom of Lesotho
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Keynote Address

 
  • Robust property rights institutions to manage local and global commons: Lessons & Challenges
    E. Ostrom, Professor, Indiana University, Nobel Prize in Economics, 2009
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THEME 1: LARGE SCALE AGRICULTURAL INVESTMENT 
  
ACQ1: Is there a global land rush? 
Session notes prepared by Ed. Haglund, IFPRI 
Chair: C. Fisiy, Director, Social Development, World Bank 
 
  • The global land rush: Getting down to the facts
    K. Deininger, Land Tenure Adviser, ARD, World Bank
 
  • Results from action-oriented research on large scale agricultural investments led by civil society
    M. Taylor, Land Policy Programme Manager for Africa, ILC Secretariat, Rome
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  • A regional perspective on proberinciples for responsible agro-investment: OECD's West African case studies
    L. Hitimana, Agriculture Economist, Sahel and West Africa Club, OECD
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  • Operationalizing the principles for responsible agro-investment through a knowledge platform and toolkit
    J. Lamb, Senior Agribusiness Specialist, ARD, World Bank

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ACQ2: Large scale agricultural investment: Country perspectives
Session notes
prepared by R. Mahoney, RICS
Chair: P. Collier, Professor of Economics, Oxford University 
 
  • Strengthening economic evaluation and data for large scale investments in Mozambique: Key lessons
    R. Albino, Director, Center for Agricultural Promotion (CEPAGRI), Republic of Mozambique
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  • The Governmanet's rols in attracting viable agricultural investment: Experience from Ghana
    K. Ahwoi, Minister of Food and Agriculture, Republic of Ghana
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  • An innovative public-private partnership for national food security and sustainable RAI
    N. Al Hajri, Chairman, Hassad Food, Qatar
  • Discussant: L. del Castillo, Co-Chair, International Land Coalition
 
ACQ3: Social and environmental aspects of large scale agricultural investments
Session notes prepared by J. Cannon, World Bank
Chair: C. Augustinus, Chief, Land Tenure & Property Administration, UN Habitat 
  
  • Do outgrower schemes improve local livelihoods? Evidence from Zambia
    D. Gumbo, Regional Scientist, Center for International Forestry Research, Zambia
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  • Social impact of large scale agro-investments in the Former Soviet Union: Lessons from Ukraine’s experience
    I. Gazizulin, Senior Analyst, International Centre for Policy Studies, Ukraine

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  • Large scale land concessions in Liberia: Has the renegotiation process improved social outcomes?
    S. Gotomo, Executive Director, Making Enterprises Ltd., Liberia

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  • Discussants:
    C. Planҫon, Land Policy Specialist, French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
    G. Myers, Senior Land Tenure and Property Rights Specialist, USAID
 
ACQ4: Large scale agricultural investment: Social, economic, and environmental impacts
Session notes prepared by I. Gazizullin, International Centre for Policy Studies
Chair: S. Rietbergen, Senior Forestry Specialist, AFTEN, World Bank 
  • Establishing a framework for transferring public land
    M. Hernandez, Project Head Agriculture and Capital Market, Proinversion, Peru
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  • Plantation expansion in Papua, Indonesia: Likely impacts on the largest remaining forested lanscape in the Asia Pacific
    K. Obidzinski, Scientist, CIFOR
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  • Whose land are you giving away, Mr. President?
    L. Alden Wily, Independent Consultant, Nairobi
     

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  •  Discussants: J. Lindsay, World Bank
 
ACQ5: The policy framework governing large scale agricultural investments
Session notes prepared by A. Kandeel, SFS, Georgetown University
Chair: J. Howard, Executive Director, Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa
  • Governance of large scale agricultural investments in Africa: The case of Ethiopia
    I. Tamrat, Managing Director, Multi-Talen Consultancy PLC, Ethiopia

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  • Governance of large scale agricultural investments in Africa: The case of DRC
    A. Mpoyi, Executive Director, Council for Environmental Defense by Legality & Traceability
     
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  • Establishing a concession inventory: The case of Laos
    O. Schoenweger, Land Tenure Adviser, GTZ Laos

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  • Mainstreaming land observatories in Africa: Potential roles for regional organizations
    I. Dare, Director, West African Economic & Monetary Union

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  • Discussants:
    D. Gustafson, Director, FAO Liaison Office for North America
    K. Hornberger, Investment Policy & Promotion Specialist, IFC
 
ACQ6: Large scale agricultural investment: Perspectives by different types of investors
Session notes prepared by J. Cannon, World Bank
Chair: S. Inoue, Deputy Director, Economic Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan 
  • Can sustainability, social responsibility, and profitability be reconciled? A farm operator’s perspective
    A. Preusche, Chairman, NFD Agro
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  • Large farm agriculture in Africa: An institutional investor’s perspective
    S. Payne, CEO, Emergent Asset Management
 
  • Global developments in agricultural land markets
    P. de Laperouse, Managing Director, HighQuest Partners LLC/Soyatech LLC
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  • Farming in the Southern Cone: Sustainable development model
    A. Lopemoz, Technical and Environment Manager, AdecoAgro

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  • Discussant: P. Labaste, World Bank
 
ACQ7: Facilitating fair deals: The role of civil society (and governments)
Session notes prepared by M. Taylor, ILC
Chair: K. Pfeifer, Head of Research, OXFAM America 
  • The potential (and limitations) of civil society to help secure community rights: Lessons from Peru
    Margarita Benavides, Sub-director, Instituto de Bien Comun (IBC), Peru
     
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  • Governance of large scale agricultural investments in Africa: The case of Zambia
    A. Mulolwa, Professor, University of Zambia
     
 
  • Large scale land acquisitions in Ghana: Does the legal framework effectively manage the trade-offs
    G. Schoneveld, Associate Expert, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

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  • Discussants:
    N. Marquez, Executive Director Asian NGO Coalition for Agrarian Reform & Rural Development
    H. Liversage, Land Tenure Adviser, IFAD
 
ACQ8: Standards & contracts: Can they ensure RAI contributes to food security and sustainability
Session notes prepared by J. Cannon, World Bank
Chair: E. Cousin, US Ambassador to UN Food Agencies
  • Lessons from EITI’s governance structure for responsible agricultural investment
    A. Ravat, Program Manager, EITI, World Bank
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  • Regulating land acquisition: What are the risks and how well do existing standards address them?
    R. de Man, International Consultant, Sustainable Business Development
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  • Enforcing industry codes of conduct: Challenges and lessons from other sectors
    W. Kiene, Former Chairman of the World Bank Inspection Panel (2007-2009)
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  • Discussants:
    A. Ries, Head, Programme on Food Security, Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation
 



THEME 2: LAND GOVERNANCE
  
GOV1: Moving towards 'land information 2025': Next Steps
Session notes prepared by K. Bell, World Bank
Chair: R. Mahoney, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors 
  • From cadastre to land governance: the changing role of land professionals in support of the global agenda
    S. Enemark, Professor, Aalborg University, Denmark
     
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  • From LADM/STDM to a spatially enabled society: a vision for 2025
    H. Uitermark, Visiting Scientist, ITC

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  • Global position infrastructures and their relevance to building sustainable land administration systems
    M. Higgins, Department of Natural Resources & Water, Queensland Governmant, Australia
 
  • Helping to meet the software needs for low-cost land administration
    M. Torhönen, Land Tenure Officer, FAO
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  • Discussants:
    K. Bell, Senior Land Policy Specialist, World Bank
    P. Rabley, President, International Land Systems US
 
GOV2: Towards better land governance: Lessons learned and way forward
Session notes prepared by K. Bell, World Bank
Chair: R. Meinzen-Dick, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
  • The voluntary guidelines for good governance of land & natural resources: Content, process & next steps
    P. Munro-Faure, Head, Land Tenure & Management Unit, FAO
     
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  • Using the land governance assessment framework (LGAF): Lessons and next steps
    H. Selod, Senior Economist, ARD, World Bank
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  • Using the LGAF to feed into the domestic policy dialogue: Lessons from Benin’s experience
    J. Tonato, Associate, Impact Consultants, Benin 
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  • Applying the LGAF to Peru: Substantive insights and local follow up
    V. Endo, Exectuve Director, Administracion del Territorio, Peru
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  • Discussants:
    W. Zimmerman, Land Tenure Adviser, GTZro
    M. Niasse, Director, International Land Coalition, Rome
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GOV3: Land Commissions
Session notes prepared by R. Knight, International Development Law Organization
 
Chair: M. Mora, Secretariat for Political Affairs, Organization of American States 
  • Land reform in Nigeria: Progress, problems, and prospects
    A. Mabogunje, Chairman, Presidential Technical Commission on Land Reform, Government of Nigeria

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  • Dealing with land relations in Liberia: The land commission’s approach and agenda
    O. Brandy, Chairman of the Land Commission, Republic of Liberia
     
 
  • The emerging research agenda on land in Liberia
    J. Carter, Co-Director, Institute for Research, University of Liberia
     
  • Competing conceptions of customary land rights registration (PFRs in Benin): Methodological, policy, and polity issues
    P. Lavigne-Delville, Senior Research Officer on Land Policies, Research,
    GRET/IRD/LASDEL

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  •  Discussant: J. Sanjak, Managing Director, MCC
 
GOV4: Reducing deforestation in the Amazon: Environemntal planning & consumer pressure
Chair: J. Raganathan, World Resources Institute (WRI)
  • Implementation and enforcement of environmental planning in Para: Lessons for others and next steps
    J. Benatti, President, Instituto de Terras do Para (ITERPA), Para, Brazil
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  • Integrating environmental and social sustainability into agricultural commodities value chains and Bank operations
    L. F. Guedes Pinto, Executive Director, Imaflora, Brazil

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  • The Brazilian Amazon Initiative: Opportunities for sustainable private sector partnerships
    C. Klink, Senior Program Officer, IFC Brazilian Amazon Initiative
 
  • Discussant: 
    M. Lundell, Sector Leader, LCSAR, World Bank
 
GOV5: Options for low-cost registration in local regions: Lessons from recent experience
Session notes prepared by M. Gonzalez-Navarro, University of California-Berkley
 
Chair: R. Pertev, Agriculture Policy Advisor, Global Donor Platform for Rural Development
  • Statutory recognition of customary land rights: Legal and empirical issues
    R. Knight, Attorney, International Development Law Organization (IDLO), Rome
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  • Pilot implementation of systematic low-cost demarcation in rural Tanzania
    T. Burns, Land Equity International
     
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  • Using satellite data to secure rights and guide land use planning in India
    Y. V. N. Krishnamurthy, Director, Indianmu Space Research Organization (ISRO), Hyderabad
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  • Reconstruction in Haiti: A land rights infrastructure to support its sustainable development
    D. Roberge, Director, Office of the Surveyor General of Quebec and Chair Elect, FIG Commission 7
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  • Discussant:
    D. Grusczynski, Associate Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    N. Taylor, Vice President, International Land Systems
 
GOV6: Building capacity for land policy analysis: Moving towards South-South collaboration
Session notes prepared by D. Gustafson, FAO
Session notes prepared by A. Teyssier, CIRAD & J. Pike, MCC
Chair: S. Enemark, President, International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) 
  • Integration of land policies into CAADP roundtables: Evidence and implications for research
    J. Kagwanja, Program Officer, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
     
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  • Fostering South-South collaboration in capacity building
    M. Rukuni, Professor, University of Zimbabwe and COMESA
     
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  • Land in the AERC’s program on agricultural economics: Key analytical issues
    W. Kosura, Professor, University of Nairobi and African Economic Research Council (AERC)
     
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  • The role of land rights observatories in stimulating monitoring of trends
    H. Ouedraogo, Land Policy Adviser, AU/ECA
     
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  • Discussants:
    B. Koppers, Program Manager, East and West Africa, HTSPE Ltd.
    T. Pickardt, Land Management Adviser, German Technical Cooperation (GTZ)
 
GOV7: Moving towards ‘land information 2025’: Next steps
Chair: R. Buckley, Managing Director, Rockefeller Foundation 
  • Using land registration as a tool to generate municipal revenue: Lessons from Bogota
    F. Ruiz, Head of Valuation, S. Soler, Chief IT Officer, & G. Vallejo, City of Bogota

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  • Land in the World Bank’s urban strategy: Implications for technical and financial support
    R. Rajack, Senior Urban Development Specialist, FEUUR, World Bank
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  • Long-term prospects in land and tenure in sub-Saharan Africa
    A. Durand-Lasserve, Director of Research, National Centre of Scientific Research, France
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  • Revising urban planning laws in South Africa and Zambia: Implementation and impacts 
    S. Berrisford, Consultant, University of Cape Town & University of Sheffield
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  • Discussants: R. Sietchiping, Global Land Tool Network Project Officer, UN-Habitat
 
GOV8: The role of land administration in facilitating a low-carbon development strategy: Guyana
Session notes prepared by H. Uitermark, ITC
Session notes prepared by M. Stickler, World Bank & A. Bishop, Government of Guyana
Chair: M. Bukuru, Chief of UNCCD Liaison office, United Nations Headquarters
  • Guyana’s low carbon development strategy (LCDS): Key issues and challenges 
    A. Bishop, Adviser on Land and Environment, Guyana Forest Service

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  • The role of land governance in facilitating a LCDS: Process in Guyana and broader lessons
    M. Childress, Senior Land Adminsitration Specialist, World Bank

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  • How can clean development become economically attractive? Role of the Forest Carbon Partnership Fund
    K. Andrasko, Senior Methodology Specialist, ENVCF, World Bank
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  •  Discussants: 
    J. Munoz, Lead Rural Development Specialist, ARD, World Bank
 



THEME 3: RESEARCH AND CAPACITY BUILDING
 
CAP1: Improving women’s land access: Options and lessons
Session notes prepared by A. Torkelsson, World Bank
Chair: M. Verveer, Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues, USA
  • Does inheritance law reform increase women’s access to assets? Evidence from South India
    A. Goyal, World Bank
     
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  • Policy reform towards gender equality in Ethiopia: Little by little the egg begins to walk
    A. Quisumbing, Senior Research, International Food & Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
    N. Kumar, Senior Research Staff, IFPRI

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  • Legal assistance and women’s land rights in Andhra Pradesh: Designing a policy evaluation
    T. Hanstad, President, Rural Development Institute (RDI)
     
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  • Discussants: C. Doss, Senior Lecturer, Yale University
 
CAP2: Putting land institutions in context
Session notes prepared by K. Boudreaux, Mercatus Center, George Mason University
Chair: J. Sanjak, Managing Director, MCC 
  • The theory and policy of contractual registers
    B. Arrunada, Professor, University Pompeu Fabra
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  • Going digital: Credit effects of land registry computerization in India
    K. Deininger, Land Tenure Adviser, ARD, World Bank 
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  • Land reform in Africa: No-intervention agreements
    G. Köhlin, Director, Environment for Development, University of Gothenburg
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  •  Discussants: 
    D. Monchuk, Consultant, World Bank
 
CAP3: Towards a broader perspective on land: Integrating anthropology & political economy
Session notes prepared by S. Elhawary, Overseas Development Institute
Chair: M. Mora, Secretariat for Political Affairs, Organization of American States 
  • In search of order: Property rights enforcement in Kibera Settlement, Kenya
    S. Joireman, Professor, Wheaton College 

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  • The effect of land market restrictions on employment pattern and wages: Evidence from Sri Lanka 
    F. Shilpi, Development Research Group, World Bank
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  • Initial impacts of land reform in Malawi 
    X. del Carpio, Independent Evaluation Unit, World Bank
    V. Hoffmann, Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of
    Maryland
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  • Discussants: 
    A. Zoomers, Professor, Utrecht University
    C. Augustinus, Chief, Land Tenure & Property Administration, UN Habitat
 
CAP4: Broader implications of land distribution and inequality: New evidence on old issues
Chair: G. Feder, Senior Adviser, IFPRI 
  • The far-reaching impact of land inequality on public good provision: Evidence from US counties
    D. Vollrath, University of Houston
     

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  • Do Property titles increase credit access among the urban poor?
    M. Torero, Director, Markets & Trade Division, IFPRI
 
  • Are there efficiency costs to continued land reform legislation? The case of West Bengal
    S. Jin, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University
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  • Discussants:
    J. Conning, Professor, City University of New York
 
CAP5: Land and conflict
Session notes prepared by S. Joireman, Wheaton College
Chair: C. Biebesheimer, Chief Counsel, LEGJR, World Bank 
  • Integrating land issues into post-conflict response: Case study evidence and implications 
    S. Pantuliano, Head, Humanitarian Policy Group, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), UK
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  • The contribution of land to recent violence in Kenya: Implications for the ongoing land policy dialogue
    I. Mwathane, Director, Land Development & Governance Institute (LDGI), Kenya
     

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  • Challenges for land administration in the Pacific
    R. Nixon, Consultant, World Bank's Justice for the Poor Program, Timor-Leste
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  • Discussant: 
    A. Norton, Lead Social Development Specialist, Social Development department,
    World Bank
 
CAP6: Impact of land administration interventions
Chair: W. Martin, Sector Manager, DECRG, World Bank 
  • Low cost titling in Africa: Land tenure regularization in Rwanda
    E. Nkurunziza, Head, National Land Center, Republic of Rwanda and
    A. Locke Project Director, HTSPE Ltd.
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  • Land tenure reform in Rwanda: Pilot impacts & strategy for national roll-out
    D. Ali, DECRG, World Bank
     
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  • Long-term impacts from communal land rights registration: The case of Mexico’s ejido reform
    M. Gonzalez-Navarro, Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research, UC
     
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  • Impact of land registration and certification on land border conflicts in Ethiopia
    S. Holden, Professor, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

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  • Discussants: O. Larbi, Project Director, Ghana Land Administration Project, Republic of Ghana
 
CAP7: Will corporate farming eliminate smallholder agriculture? Towards a research agenda 
Chair: Mark Cackler, Sector Manager, ARD, World Bank 
  • Large vs. small scale agriculture: Towards a conceptual framework and research agenda
    D. Byerlee, World Bank
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  • Land availablity and investments for sustainable (agricultural) development in food insecure countries
    M. Shah, Program Director, Qatar National Food Security Program
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  • The emergence of large scale agricultural production in Ukraine: Lessons and perspectives 
    A. Lissitsa, President, Ukrainian Agribusiness Club
     

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  • Discussant: A. Engel, Division Chief Agriculture, GTZ
 
CAP8: Improving natural resource tenure
Session notes prepared by F. Oladeinde, The Foundation for Democracy in Africa
Chair: J. Hatcher, Rights and Resources Initiative 
  • Micro-effects of forest tenure reform in China
    X. Jintao, Professor, Peking University
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  • Improving land tenure security in Uganda: Initial evidence
    R. Meinzen-Dick, IFPRI
    C. Doss, Yale University
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  • Natural resource tenure reform in the context of climate change: Evidence and emerging hypotheses
    M. Kirk, Professor and S. Prediger, Research Assistant, University of Marburg
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  • Discussants: 
    Alemu Mekonnen, Addis Ababa University