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Outside the autochthon-migrant configuration : access to land, land conflicts and inter-ethnic relationships in a former pioneer area of lower Côte d'Ivoire

Au-delà de la configuration autochtones-migrants : accès à la terre, conflits fonciers et relations inter-ethniques dans une ancienne zone pionnière de la basse Côte d'Ivoire

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Abstract

This paper discusses land issues in a specific Ivorian context : that of a former noman’s land located in lower Côte d’Ivoire. In this region, one does not find the autochthon-migrant dichotomy that generally structures the land issue in southern Côte d’Ivoire. This situation therefore offers an opportunity to document the conditions of access to land and inter-ethnic relationships in a situation caracterised by the lack of autochthonous stakeholders. In this context, land rights and land transfers have been moulded by the interplay between migration flows, the dynamics of the smallholder plantation economy, and the rise of land markets. The picture that results is a patchwork, in terms of ethnic land control, where land rights are quite secure. The crucial land issue arises from the active land lease market, with a large acreage of land rented out to Burkinabe`pineapple producers – again, without major conflicts. This situation is contrasted with the neighbouring Abouré country, where a conflict over tenancy practices arose in 2001.

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hal-02667685 , version 1 (31-05-2020)

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Jean-Philippe Colin, Georges Kouamé, Marcelline Soro. Outside the autochthon-migrant configuration : access to land, land conflicts and inter-ethnic relationships in a former pioneer area of lower Côte d'Ivoire. Journal of Modern African Studies, 2007, 45 (1), pp.33-59. ⟨10.1017/S0022278X06002278⟩. ⟨hal-02667685⟩
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