Understanding rural land issues to engage comprehensive policy dialogue in Myanmar
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Since 2008, Myanmar’s government has engaged many major institutional changes especially concerning land tenure in order to create a favorable framework for the country economic development. In the same time, private investments in agribusiness have been encouraged. These changes bring as much opportunities as risks to improve livelihoods of rural households.
Despite many studies on land tenure in Myanmar, there is a real need to document the social processes that lead to land insecurity and those leading to investment and sustainable use of lands by rural population. The impact of land markets on the access to land, the difference between government land policy and land uses at local level, as well as the links between land access and livelihoods security, etc… are ones of the many stakes defining land tenure in Myanmar that need to be addressed in this study.
This study is funded by LIFT since 2013 and implemented by Gret. It aims to fuel the need of knowledge on land tenure, which is a subject carrying many development stakes. In a context of the recent country’s opening, this study will feed current stakeholders’ debates from the State to civil society organizations. Finally, it aims to promote a new framework to support especially small holders’ farmers to secure durably their access to land.