Land tenure is an institution, i.e., rules invented by societies to regulate behaviour. Rules of tenure define how property rights to land are to be allocated within societies. They define how access is granted to rights to use, control, and transfer land, as well as associated responsibilities and restraints (FAO, 2002).

See also: property rights


FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), 2002. Land tenure and rural development. Chapter 3. What is Land Tenure? Available online (last accessed: 04/05/2021).