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Drivers of perceived land tenure (in)security: Empirical evidence from Ghana

Author:
Ghebru, Hosaena, Lambrecht, Isabel
Source:
Land use policy 2017 v.66 pp. 293-303
ISSN:
0264-8377
Subject:
farmers, households, land tenure, markets, politics, polygamy, women, Ghana
Abstract:
Tenure security is believed to be critical in spurring agricultural investment and productivity. Yet what improves or impedes tenure security is still poorly understood. Using household- and plot-level data from Ghana, this study analyses the main factors associated with farmers’ perceived tenure security. Individually, farmers perceive greater tenure security on plots acquired via inheritance than on land allocated by traditional authorities. Collectively, however, perceived tenure security lessens in communities with more active land markets and economic vibrancy. Plots held by migrant households and women in polygamous households are perceived as less tenure secure, while farmers with political connections are more confident about their tenure security.
Agid:
5685917