land consolidation

Joining small plots of land together to form larger farms or large fields.

Peer-reviewed publication
October 2016

Medium-scale farms have become a major force in Malawi’s agricultural sector. Malawi’s most recent official agricultural survey indicates that these account for over a quarter of all land under cultivation in Malawi. This study explores the causes and multifaceted consequences of the rising importance of medium-scale farms in Malawi. We identify the characteristics and pathways of entry into farming based on surveys of 300 medium-scale farmers undertaken in 2014 in the districts of Mchinji, Kasungu and Lilongwe.

Reports & Research
December 2010

Document de travail sur les régimes fonciers 17. Cet article identifie et analyse des questions relatives à la gouvernance des terres et apporte des exemples de bonne gouvernance de la sous-région des Caraïbes. Cette étude a été conduite en vue de l’initiative de la FAO sur les Directives Volontaires sur la gouvernance responsable de la tenure des terres et des autres ressources naturelles. Disponible en anglais

Reports & Research
December 2010

Land Tenure Working Paper 17. This publication identifies and assesses issues related to land governance and provides examples of good governance in the Caribbean subregion. This working paper was done in light of FAO’s Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land and other Natural Resources.

Journal Articles & Books
January 2015

This paper reviews the experiences of introducing land consolidation and land banking instruments in Central and Eastern Europe, largely to address the structural problems of small and fragmented farms. The introduction has been uneven with some countries having established operational programmes while others have taken steps with differing levels of success, and a few have not taken action. The paper assesses the driving factors for the introduction and the approaches used in individual countries.

Journal Articles & Books
December 2000
Reports & Research
December 2004

This manual complements FAO Land Tenure Studies 6: The design of land consolidation pilot projects in Central and Eastern Europe. The manual concentrates on the practical aspects of defining and implementing the first pilot projects. It identifies the main conditions that should be in place before the project starts, and it defines potentials and constraints. It draws attention to issues that should be addressed and it discusses methods, tools and techniques. The manual identifies the main activities in a pilot project and their sequence.

Journal Articles & Books
December 2005

Óñëîâèÿ æèçíè â ñåëüñêîé ìåñòíîñòè ñòðàí Öåíòðàëüíîé è Âîñòî÷íîé Åâðîïû óõóäøàþòñÿ è áóäóò åùå äàëüøå óõóäøàòüñÿ äî òåõ ïîð, ïîêà ñóùåñòâóþùèå ïðîáëåìû íå áóäóò ðåøåíû ïîñðåä- ñòâîì ðåàëèçàöèè ïðîåêòîâ è ïðîãðàìì êîìïëåêñíîãî ðàçâèòèÿ ñåëüñêèõ ðàéîíîâ. Óñïåõ è óñòîé÷èâîñòü òàêèõ ïðîåêòîâ è ïðî- ãðàìì áóäåò â áîëüøîé ñòåïåíè çàâèñåòü îò ñïîñîáîâ ðåøåíèÿ â èõ ðàìêàõ òåõ ïðîáëåì, êîòîðûå ñòàâèò ðåàëüíîå ñóùåñòâîâàíèå ìèëëèîíîâ íåáîëüøèõ ðàçäðîáëåííûõ çåìåëüíûõ âëàäåíèé.

Journal Articles & Books
December 2008

Land consolidation can be an important tool for increasing agricultural competitiveness and improving rural conditions. Farmers can become more competitive when they decrease fragmentation and increase the size of their farms, and rural communities can benefit when consolidation projects include components to improve local infrastructure and the environment.

Journal Articles & Books
December 1999
Journal Articles & Books
December 2006

This paper offers an overview of land reform processes in the CEECs and their outcomes and impacts and analyzes current and emerging structures in rural areas. Different types of land consolidation are defined and their potential impacts are assessed. The paper then looks in depth at land consolidation processes, especially in the context of land management, and outlines preconditions and cornerstones for various approaches. Environmental aspects and principles for land funds and land banking are also drawn in.