This paper reports the results of the first phase of a study that examined the trend and the main drivers of agricultural land conversion (ALC) in Northeast Iran. Using a multi-stakeholder analysis approach, data were obtained from agricultural land use policy makers in the Khorasan-e-Razavi province. The results showed that ALC in this province is on the rise. The policy makers identified different drivers for ALC and found it a very complex process. They attributed the main ALC driving forces to “economic”, “political”, “institutional”, “technical”, “infrastructural”, “social”, and “environmental” factors. The results also showed that, in the view of the policy makers, the “political and economic reforms” should be the first and the most important priorities to respond to ALC followed by establishing proper “legislation and law” processes and “institutional arrangements” while “technical” and “environmental” aspects remain as their last priority.
Hossein Azadi; Barati, A.A. LDPI Working Paper 36. Agricultural Land Conversion Drivers inNortheast Iran. The Land Deal Politics Initiative, (2013) 15 pp.