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Impact of land lease fee on land owners: Rwanda case study

Although Rwanda is making significant economic progress with inflation considerably curbed at 5.0%, the country’s economy remains dependent on Agriculture . Land in Rwanda is not only an economic base of the country but also central to social and cultural dependence and beliefs of majority Rwandans especially the rural based women who mainly depend on land. 80% of Rwandans are dependent on land for their livelihood, majority being women . The competition of land rights in Rwanda is believed to have been a central mobilization influence during the conflicts that have characterized the country for decades, making land in Rwanda a political and conflict area, at the same time if managed well, a potential trigger for the achievement of the sustainable peace. The importance of land to Rwandans is understood more from the key development and peace initiative priority areas of the post-genocide government, where land ranks among the first priority areas.

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