Liberia

Liberia

Liberia’s 14-year civil war—fueled in part by conflicts over land and natural resource rights—has had a devastating impact on the lives and livelihoods of its people. Today, more than a decade into the post-conflict reconstruction period, Liberians are working to rebuild their economy and institute reforms that would promote equitable access to land and resources, secure tenure, investment, and development. Progress, however, has been stymied by a host of challenges— from a lack of infrastructure to the Ebola epidemic in 2014. 

The country's land-tenure system reflects a long-standing division between the urban elite—the descendants of freed slaves from the US and Caribbean—and rural indigenous populations, which are largely dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods. Throughout coastal Liberia, the urban elites use a Western statutory system of land ownership based on individual fee simple titles. In the Liberian hinterland, indigenous Africans use their own customary systems, which are based on community or collective ownership of discrete territories. (USAID)

Some of the main land issues in Liberia today are: the legal status of customary land rights; the ownership of trees and other forest resources on community forest lands; displacement of local communities related to government land concessions for logging, mining, and large-scale agriculture; urban poverty; and women’s land rights. 

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Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure

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Note: The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (The VGGTs) were endorsed by the Committee on World Food Security in 2012.

The "VGGT indicators" dataset has been created by Nicholas K. Tagliarino, PhD Candidate at the University of Groningen. The indicators of this dataset assess national laws against Section 16 of the VGGT standards on expropriation, compensation, and resettlement.

Each indicator relates to a principle established in the VGGTs.

Answering the questions posed by these indicators entails analyzing a broad range of national-level laws, including national constitutions, land acquisition acts, land acts, community land acts, agricultural land acts, land use regulations, and some court decisions.

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Sharing The Economic Benefits Of Urban Agriculture

By: Judoemue Kollie

Date: 11 January 2017

Source: Daily Observer

An increasing number of residents in Monrovia and its suburbs are involved in urban farming for income generation and food security.

Urban and peri-urban farming is the growing of crops and raising of animals within and around cities. It also involves the production of inputs, processing, marketing, and the provision of services to agricultural producers and agro-entrepreneurs.

Liberia: Concessions Violate Women's Rights

Date: October 12th 2016
Source: AllAfrica.com / Daily Observer

A research report released in Monrovia over the weekend by Natural Resources Women's Platform (NRWP), the Alliance for Rural Democracy (ARD), and Green Advocates International (GAI) with support from US based Rights and Resources Initiatives (RRI), unearthed how foreign direct investment deprives local women of the land rights that form the basis for their livelihoods and cultures despite promises of shared economic development.

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