Applied Economics Journal

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Vol. 21 No. 1
Vol. 21 No. 1
Economic Relationship between Access to Land and Rural Poverty in Nepal


Chandra Bahadur Adhikari and Trond Bjorndal


In the present socio-economic structure of Nepal, land is the main source of income and consumption for the majority of Nepalese. This study analyses the economic relationship between access to land and poverty in Nepal by establishing the link between land and consumption and land and income. The results show that greater access to land increases income and consumption of the household thereby reducing poverty. The significant marginal value of land for both consumption and income implies that an effective land reform policy could well be an effective approach to alleviate rural poverty. However, land reform must be part of a larger overhaul. Cluster analysis shows that land reform should target appropriate subgroups within the community in order to differentiate those who would make use of the extra land from those who would not, and apply appropriate strategies to each subgroup. It reveals the importance of subgroups in determining an appropriate strategy for tackling poverty.

Keywords:   Poverty, Access to Land, Land Reform, Nepal.

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