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Land certification: Watch out for local dynamics

Melbourne   /   Wed, April 25, 2018   /  02:34 pm
Land certification: Watch out for local dynamics Great harvest – Farmers carry paddy grains they will mill at a milling factory in Ngawi, East Java, on Oct.13. (Antara/Ari Bowo Sucipto)

Indonesia’s land certification (LC) programs are great for improving the country’s equitable and sustainable economic development, National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) head Bambang Brojodonegoro proudly said at a recent public lecture at the University of Melbourne.

The government has thus long crafted national programs like the National Agrarian Operations Project (Prona) and the People’s Service for Land Certification (Larasita), in 1981 and 2006, respectively, to facilitate LC programs in urban, rural and remote areas.

Following the advice of economist Hernando de Soto, the post-Soeharto administrations believed LC programs could provide legal security over land ownership, potentially increase land investments, reduce land tenure conflicts and improve the use of agricultural land. Thus, while Indonesia is known as one of the mo...

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