Why Tenure Responsive Land-Use Planning Matters: Insights for Land Use Consolidation for Food Security in Rwanda

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Apr 15;16(8):1354. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16081354.


Land use consolidation aims to address food insecurity challenges in Rwanda. However, there is contradictory evidence on whether this tool has met food security objectives or not. This study addresses two questions: How has the land use consolidation improved (or not improved) food security at the local level? How can food security challenges be addressed using a renewed approach to land use consolidation that adopts a tenure responsive land use planning procedure? We investigate these questions in Nyange Sector (in the Musanze District) of Rwanda using mixed research methods. The study generates theoretical and policy relevant outcomes. Theoretically, it links the concept of tenure responsive land-use planning to food security improvements. Policy wise, it provides an operational framework for implementing land use consolidation to make it more responsive to food security (based on tenure responsive land-use planning measures) in Rwanda.

Keywords: Rwanda; food security; land; land tenure; land use consolidation; land-use planning; rural development; tenure responsive; tenure responsive land-use planning; tenure security.

MeSH terms

  • Agriculture / statistics & numerical data*
  • Conservation of Natural Resources
  • Food Supply / methods*
  • Rwanda
  • Socioeconomic Factors*
  • Strategic Planning*