Although Côte d’Ivoire recently emerged from a long period of protracted conflict, peace is indeed precarious. This is particularly the case in the country’s western cocoa regions, where tensions between indigenous and migrant populations continue to pose a threat to Côte d’Ivoire’s economic and political recovery. These tensions revolve around longstanding land disputes that culminated in violent attacks in the late 1990s, early 2000s and in the recent 2010 – 2011 post-election crisis. Using insights from field work in 2012 conducted in the cocoa regions, this article explores the issue of land tenure reform and politics in post-conflict Côte d’Ivoire. In so doing, it considers the legal and political dimensions of land tenure in the cocoa regions and the highly controversial 1998 land law. This provides the crucial context for analysing the historical and enduring nature of these disputes, the critical importance of land reform in contemporary Côte d’Ivoire and the relationship between the “land question” and peace at both local and national levels.
Authors and Publishers
Matthew I. Mitchell
Journal of the Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS). Publishes research in English and French about Africa, including anthropology, political science, history, sociology, literature, geography and development.