Land use policies and practices for reducing vulnerability in rural Tajikistan

Lerman, Zvi; Wolfgramm, Bettina (2011). Land use policies and practices for reducing vulnerability in rural Tajikistan (Discussion Paper 9.11). Jerusalem, Israel: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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Tajikistan, with 93% of its surface area taken up by mountains and 65% of its labor force employed in agriculture, is judged to be highly vulnerable to risks, including climate change risks and food insecurity risks. The article examines a set of land use policies and practices that can be used to mitigate the vulnerability of Tajikistan’s large rural population, primarily by increasing family incomes. Empirical evidence from Tajikistan and other CIS countries suggests that families with more land and higher commercialization earn higher incomes and achieve higher well-being. The recommended policy measures that are likely to increase rural family incomes accordingly advocate expansion of smallholder farms, improvement of livestock productivity, increase of farm commercialization through improvement of farm services, and greater diversification of both income sources and the product mix. The analysis relies for supporting evidence on official statistics and recent farm surveys. Examples from local initiatives promoting sustainable land management practices and demonstrating the implementation of the proposed policy measures are presented.

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Report (Report)


08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Geographies of Sustainability
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > NCCR North-South Management Centre [discontinued]
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Wolfgramm, Bettina


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics


Discussion Paper


The Hebrew University of Jerusalem




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04 Oct 2013 14:20

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12 Jun 2015 10:39



URI: (FactScience: 211769)

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