A decade after the end of the Liberian Civil War, Liberia is focused on rebuilding its infrastructure and economy. Land law and policy reforms are integral to this process.
The country's land-tenure system reflects a long-standing division between the urban elite and rural indigenous populations. Urban land rights are governed by a Western statutory system. Rural communities-which make up 85 percent of the country's population and largely practice subsistence agriculture-use their own customary systems. However, most customary land is not titled, and by law the state owns all land not secured by a deed. The government recognizes rural people's rights to use this land, but not to own it.