The Influence of Insecure Land Tenure on Upland Agriculture in the Philippines
KU Leuven, Division of Bioeconomics, Belgium
In the Philippine uplands the government started issuing land tenure agreements to individual forest residents and to communities in the mid 1980's. These land use rights are aimed at increasing land tenure security amongst the farmers and thereby promoting the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices. This issue is of crucial importance in the Philippine uplands, where deforestation and agricultural expansion have led to environmental degradation. Using primary quantitative and qualitative data collected in the provinces of Leyte and Southern Leyte in 2012, this study investigates the influence of land tenure agreements on upland farming practices, especially on the extent of trees on agricultural plots. Furthermore, problems in land administration processes at the policy level are investigated.
Keywords: Agroforestry, CBFM, forest land, land tenure security, sustainability
Contact Address: Jana Schwarz, KU Leuven, Division of Bioeconomics, 3001 Leuven, Belgium, e-mail: jana.schwarzees.kuleuven.be