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Title: Household resource management, land tenure evolution and rural livelihoods : evidence from Burkina Faso
Author: Audia, Camilla
ISNI:       0000 0004 7656 0493
Awarding Body: SOAS University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis researches the mechanisms of land tenure and its relationship with natural resource management, particularly trees, and the changing rural livelihood strategies of the Mossi people in northern Burkina Faso. In most rural areas, the newest complex land tenure reform (Loi 0034) has yet to be implemented. Customary laws and previous national land laws coexist and are superimposed but are not integrated and do not complete or complement each other. This thesis argues that land tenure evolution is a social matter in Burkina Faso's Sahelian rural areas. To support this hypothesis, this research aimed to analyse the local ethnic group model of the household and its livelihoods and assets. The analysis of decision-making processes leading to household resource management highlighted a well-established customary land tenure system standing alongside parallel, more fluid arrangements regulating access to trees and their products. Moreover, the analysis allowed us to argue that women's lack of long term secure access or ownership of the land has little impact on their capacity to negotiate temporary rights over agricultural fields. In fact, women's central role in the collection, transformation and use of non-timber forest products places them even more in a position to constantly renegotiate their rights within the household. This research was carried out through a year of mixed methods fieldwork in Northern and Western Burkina Faso. While the literature review leans towards the description of a seemingly rigid society, the results highlight the natural tendency the actors have to negotiate constantly their rights, obligations and overall role in the household and the society. This thesis refines our understanding of the evolving characteristics of the Mossi household as an ever-changing socioeconomic entity regulated by customary laws and inserted in a traditional context, but able to constantly adapt to new events and challenges. It is, in fact, a household formed by different actors with sometimes clashing rights, obligations and personal goals but able to renegotiate and reshape its internal organisation to achieve better sustainable livelihoods.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral