Search for term:

Acronym: Land Degradation Assessments in Drylands
Land management

(Good) management of land for production and conservation purposes

Land ownership

Individual (or group) ownership of land, with rights to sell

Land tenure

1. Land tenure refers to arrangements or rights under which the holder holds or uses land. Land rented out is not considered to be part of the holding. A holding may be operated under one or more tenure forms, with each parcel normally operated under one tenure form. All data regarding land tenure should be collected for the same time reference (FAO, 1995).
This definition is used for land belonging to an agricultural holding.
2. Land tenure refers to the arrangement or right that allows a person or a community to use specific pieces of land and associated resources (e.g. water, trees, etc.) in a certain period of time and for particular purposes (Riddell, 1997, pers. com.).
There are many land tenure systems that allow people to use the same property for different purposes. For example, the farming rights can belong to one person, while the trees to another and the fruit of the trees to someone else.
Leasing and renting are kinds of land tenure, just as is share-cropping. Thus, there exists a hierarchy of land tenure interests in the same parcel.
Example: One person often holds the right to use a specific resource, another may hold the allocation rights and finally someone else holds the alienation rights (that is the person who can sell the land).

Land use

Human activities which are directly related to the land, making use of its resources, or having an impact upon it. Technically a series of activities carried out anywhere in the world for the purpose of producing goods or benefits. A given land use may take place on one, or more than one, piece of land, and several land uses may occur on the same piece of land. (De Bie et al., 1996).
It is thus based upon function, the purpose for which the land is being used. An approach has been proposed which defines a land use as a series of activities undertaken to produce one or more goods or services.
Not to be confused with land cover. A crop is not a land use.

Land use rights

Rights conferred on an individual (or group) to use land

Land user

Anyone who uses the land

Land user driven

Idea and / or effort coming mainly from land users (

Large stock (largestock)

Cattle, camels, donkeys, buffaloes, etc.


The process whereby an owner of land allows another to use it, for a fixed period of time, for a given fee (rent)

Level bench terrace

A bench terrace in which the terrace bed (the cultivated part) is level

Level bund / bank

A bund (bank) constructed on the contour


A sown pasture used for a specific period of time and which is alternated with crops (Mack and Reynolds, pers. com.)
Opposite of permanent pasture


Refers to all animals kept or reared, mainly for agricultural purposes (FAO, 1986). Includes aquaculture for fish production.

Livestock composition

Constituent types and numbers of animals within an overall holding of livestock

Livestock management

Management practices as applied to livestock, with particular reference to practices such as rotational grazing

Livestock production

Production systems involving animals


Money which is lent for a given period but must be repaid with or without interest

Displaying results 1 to 18 out of 18