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Contractual Practice and Land Conflicts: The ‘Plant & Share’ Arrangement in Côte d'Ivoire
- Colin, Jean‐Philippe
- Journal of agrarian change 2017 v.17 no.1 pp. 144-165
- farmers, property rights, sales, trees, Cote d'Ivoire
- This paper tackles the broad issue of agrarian contracts, property rights and conflicts in the context of rural Côte d'Ivoire. Since the beginning of the 2000s, a new type of contractual arrangement has been developing rapidly: the ‘Plant & Share’ contract. Through such a contract, a landowner provides the land to a farmer who develops a perennial tree crop plantation; when production starts, the plantation, the plantation and the land, or the product is shared. The aim of the paper is to discuss the conflictive features of the arrangement. I argue that this contract, in spite of its potential for tensions and conflicts, constitutes an alternative to the much more conflictive land sales that currently dominate extra‐familial land transfers in the country.