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Land 2014, 3(3), 541-556; doi:10.3390/land3030541

Land Redistribution and Reutilization in the Context of Migration in Rural Nepal

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Department of Anthropology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MA R3T 5V5, Canada
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Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI-BIRD), Box 324, Pokhara 33700, Nepal
Current address: International Development Studies, Menno Simons College, Canadian Mennonite University, 220-520 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MA R3C 0G2, Canada
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Received: 21 March 2014 / Revised: 17 June 2014 / Accepted: 18 June 2014 / Published: 27 June 2014
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Abstract

Land is an integral part of people’s culture, economy, and livelihoods. Social and temporal mobility of people affect land acquisition, distribution, and utilization, which consequently impacts on food security and human wellbeing. Using the data collected by means of household survey, focus group discussions, in-depth interviews, and participant observation, this paper examines the dynamics of land-people relationships, mainly acquisition, redistribution, and reutilization of land, in the context of human migration. The study reveals that food self-sufficiency, household size, age of household head, household asset, total income from non-agricultural sources, and migration status, affect the acquisition or size of landholding in a household. Moreover, land appears to be mobile within and across villages through changes in labour availability, changing access to land, and ethnic interactions caused partly by migration of people. We conclude that mobility of land appears to be an inseparable component of land-people relationships, especially in the context of human migration that offers redistribution and reutilization of land. View Full-Text
Keywords: land use; land distribution; livelihoods; labour migration; Nepal land use; land distribution; livelihoods; labour migration; Nepal
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Gartaula, H.N.; Chaudhary, P.; Khadka, K. Land Redistribution and Reutilization in the Context of Migration in Rural Nepal. Land 2014, 3, 541-556.

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