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Land reform legislation in Tajikistan gains momentum

Maryland, US: International Land Systems (ILS) and Chemonics International have entered into a three-year USAID-funded contract to support land reform legislation in Tajikistan. The land reform project in Tajikistan (LRPT) seeks to assist the Government of Tajikistan in restructuring the country’s agricultural sector.  The legislation will be the pursuit of the transparent and equitable reorganisation of the Tajik farming system.

The project aims to improve long-term land use rights and develop an effective land use market as well as to draft amendments either repealing or harmonising land related policies.  It will also support public-private dialogue and partnerships related to useful legislation and strengthening the technical capacity of governmental agencies to address land-related issues.

Public awareness activities including outreach programmes, seminars, radio programmes, training and legal aid activities will also be used to enhance the primary objectives of the programme.

Justin T. Holl Jr., project’s Chief of Party and full time ILS staffer, recognised the importance of the successful formulation of land policy and legislative development for the Government of Tajikistan and was instrumental in assisting the Government of Tajikistan and the Donor Coordination Council develop its strategy for land reform in 2009.

Holl said, “Relevant elements necessary to form a land market are slowly coming into being in Tajikistan.  The developments in 2009 indicate that the political will to reform the agricultural sector has been reinforced by decrees of the President.  Farmers are becoming more and more familiar with their rights regarding land relations and with this confidence are beginning to take advantage of the resources available to assert those rights.  As the market develops and land use rights are freely bought and sold those that are willing and able to use the land in the most profitable manner will do so, the rural economy will benefit and lives will be improved.”

Source: Land Systems