The Cambodian peasantry and the formalisation of land rights : Historical overview and current issues

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January 2019
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The central objective of this working paper produced by Jean-Christophe Diepart and Thol Sem, is to examine the recognition and formalisation of peasants’ land rights against the backdrop of Cambodian history and political economy of land and agrarian change.

It aims to understand how colonialism, war, socialism and the regional integration against a neoliberal background have shaped the land rights of smallholder farmers in contemporary Cambodia.

The central argument is essentially geographical. It suggest that legal rules and operational tools of land reform have been spatially differentiated between the lowland central plain and the peripheral uplands although both regions are closely linked through land-driven migration movements.

We show how these contradictions have yielded problematic results for the Cambodian peasantry.

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Author(s), editor(s), contributor(s): 
Jean-Christophe Diepart and Thol Sem
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L’AFD finance et accompagne des projets et programmes de développement qui soutiennent une croissance économique plus durable et partagée, améliorent les conditions de vie des plus pauvres, contribuent à la préservation de la planète et aident à stabiliser les pays fragiles ou en sortie de crise.

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