In Burkina Faso, land is managed through customary tenure, which discourages land rentals and sales. Yet it permits land transactions through an institution called borrowing. This study investigates whether the borrowed status of land affects the seasonal crop and input choices as well as longer-term, productivity-enhancing investments made on it. Analysis using nationally representative, plot-level data from the Enquête Permanente Agricole suggests that borrowed land is more intensively farmed in terms of cropping and inputs. We find no evidence of borrowed lands having fewer erosion-preventing investments or of being fallowed less than nonborrowed (inherited) land. (JEL O13, O17)
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|State||Published - Aug 2020|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The authors gratefully acknowledge the funding of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Global Development Grant Number OPP1039151). We are grateful to the General Research and Sectoral Statistics Department (Direction Générale des Études et des Statis-tiques Sectorielles [DGESS]) for giving us permission to use the dataset. We also thank two anonymous reviewers for their constructive feedback.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
- Economics and Econometrics