Madagascar began effective land reform in 2009. Today, it is a positive example of efforts in this direction.
The second issue of La lettre des notaires de France dans le monde (in french only) offers an encouraging figure: 77,584 land certificates were issued by the authorities since 2009, 20 times more than before the opening of these land offices.
The issuance of land certificates has been simplified since 2009 through decentralized titling agencies.
This is one of the poles of the safe and simplified titling project that the CSN actively supports; notably Maître Habdoulaye Harissou, author of “La terre, un droit humain”. In it, he offers the keys and paths to spread this land tenure solution as widely as possible among the poorest populations.
The safe and simplified titling, called the “Certificate” on Ile Rouge, is actually cheap and fast, compared to before the Reformation when 26 steps were necessary. The entire process required several years and was costly in terms of the population’s average income.
Jean-Paul Decorps is President of the International Union of Notaries; he wrote an article in the La lettre des notaires de France underlining the development challenge posed by land tendure in Africa. Secure land tenure would allow a true food security to be established on a continent struck by famine.
French Notaries, among their many international programs, have not forgotten the opposite shore of the Mediterranean. The Letter also informs its readership of legislative change underway in Morocco, supported and accompanied by French notaries.