Dr. Mintewab Bezabih will be presenting a paper on The Land Certification Program in Ethiopia: A Review of Achievements, Constraints and Opportunities on 31 of October 2013 at the Swedish Embassy based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The land certification program has been one of the most important reforms in Ethiopia over the last decade. It has therefore attracted the interest of both national and international researchers to evaluate its implications. The objective of this paper is present a critical review of available economic research examining the effectiveness of the program on various economic and social variables of interest, such as agricultural productivity, investment in soil conservation and tree plantations and gender implications. The findings generally show that the program has by and large addressed the gaps in tenure security. It has also improved women’s participation in the land rental market, increased productivity and investment on land and reduced land conflicts. However, for the reduction in tenure insecurity to have permanent impacts, sustained efforts need to be carried out in the realm of public policy.