Land Governance and Development in Rural Societies in Cameroon

  • Abdoulay Mfewou
Keywords: land governance, rural society, Cameroon


In Cameroon, land governance is indeed a fundamental dimension of land policies managed locally by local actors. However, it remains a vague concept in the final allocation of land without maintaining the control role of traditional chieftaincies. This governance allows land tenure tensions to develop between users in some places. This article identifies the main points of application of governance in central and decentralised land management systems. The strong mobilisation of civil society, religious institutions, and peasant organisations is currently being recorded as a significant advance in the participatory approach to governance by actors who are beginning to promote more appropriate mechanisms in national land management and land policy.