Land and Water Rights in the Sahel: Tenure challenges of improving access to water for agriculture

Issue paper
, 88 pages
PDF (527.23 KB)
English, Français
Published: March 2006
Drylands Issue Paper
ISBN: 9781843696049
Product code:12526IIED

The study supports a process of policy debate and exchange of experience on how to tackle issues raised by the interface between water and land rights in the Sahel. It involves a range of actors working to improve access to water - policy makers, development practitioners, user and producer associations, community leaders and other civil society actors - and discusses practical ways to take account of land tenure issues in water programmes. The study focuses on irrigation and pastoral water points, and also explores issues concerning linkages between rights over water, land and other natural resources in wetlands. The focus is on the Sahel, particularly Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, but relevant material from other Sahelian countries provides additional insights and reference is made to developments in other sub-Saharan African countries. The study draws on a review of legislation, a literature review, unpublished research material, and original fieldwork.