The Role of Property Rights to Grazing Lands in Small-Scale Farmers Development in Taung, Maralleng in Mohale’s Hoek


The Role of Property Rights to Grazing Lands in Small-Scale Farmers Development in Taung, Maralleng in Mohale’s Hoek


Montoeli Ashby Rantlo

Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Faculty of Agriculture, National University of Lesotho


Property rights are social institutions that define and delimit the range of privileges granted to individuals of specific resources, such as land and water. They are the authority to determine different forms of control over resources thus determining the use, benefits and costs resulting from resource use. The paper has attempted to determine how the situation of property rights to grazing lands affects the grazing lands’ use and development of smallholders in the Taung Maralleng area. Data was collected from 43 households who were selected using random sampling. To capture data, a questionnaire was administered through face-to-face interviews. Institutional analysis and ANOVA were used for descriptive analysis to describe the property rights situation, security of property rights and the impact of property rights on the grazing lands’ use and management.
The results show that some rights holders have secure rights to grazing land resources while other farmers have insecure rights to grazing land resources. The results from institutional analysis show that the situation of property rights negatively affects resource use and management in the Taung Maralleng area. There are various institutional factors that negatively affect development of smallholder farmers and grazing lands’ use and management in the Taung Maralleng area.


Keywords: Smallholder/small-scale farmers, Development, Property rights, Grazing lands, Taung Maralleng.

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Montoeli Ashby Rantlo. The Role of Property Rights to Grazing Lands in Small-Scale Farmers Development in Taung, Maralleng in Mohale’s Hoek. American Journal of Agricultural Research, 2020, 5:76.


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