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Using GIS to strengthen land rights in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso: In Burkina Faso, the US Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is investing in technology that will help the country”s land authorities collect geographic information more easily, quickly, accurately, cheaply and consistently.

This will deliver economic benefits to farmers and others in business and to the country as a whole, MCC said in a recent press release.

The lack of clear land rights is an obstacle to building a strong economic foundation in Burkina Faso, as it is in many developing countries. Without clarity about land rights and access, farmers and others are less likely to invest in their land. This creates missed opportunities for greater land productivity that can spur growth and reduce poverty.

In Burkina Faso, the challenges of producing geographic information to identify boundaries make it hard to clarify land rights. Most developed countries use precise geographic data from a global satellite system to produce reliable maps and surveying information.

MCC”s five-year, $481 million contract with Burkina Faso includes the $59.9 million Rural Land Governance Project, aimed at improving land management and land-tenure security. As part of the project, MCC is helping create a national geographic positioning network made up of nine Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) that capture positioning data from the global satellite system and enhance its accuracy on the ground.

The nine stations in the CORS network will allow surveyors to move beyond traditional surveying methods to more accurately and efficiently complete survey work and map land parcels. This will enable Burkina Faso”s land users to secure more accurate descriptions of both their legal rights and the position of their holdings, as well as reduce boundary disputes resulting from the multiple localized mapping systems Burkina Faso has used in the past. This reduction in conflict will give farmers, land developers, businessmen and others the confidence they need to invest in labor and capital that will lead to higher productivity and more income.

Source: All Africa