Land registration usage theory : a case study in Ghana

Abstract: The paper presents a 3-stage theory to examine why and how people register or choose not to register their land, using a case from the outskirts of Accra. The situation mirrored the one elsewhere in Ghana and sub-Saharan Africa. Land sales have benefited few and leaders have manipulated the rules. Author(s): Barry, Michael; Roux,…

Rural land management in the Senegal River valley

Abstract: This paper reviews the existing legal framework and land tenure systems in the Senegal valley, analyses access to land, lists the local land management practices and shows certain departures from good land management practice. It also makes recommendations for remedying the departures observed. Author(s): Lestang, Jean Philippe Source(s): , 21 p., ill., maps, tabs…

Foreign land acquisitions in Africa : an analysis of the impacts of individual land deals on local communities

Abstract: Analysis of foreign land deals on local communities in 6 countries shows that the impact was mostly negative. In most cases local smallholder lost their land, while others lost their grazing areas, all without meaningful compensation. Promised benefits should be made explicit and evaluated. Author(s): Makochekanwa, Albert Source(s): , 31 p., ill., tab Published:…

Resource development on customary land : managing the complexity through a pro-development compensation solution

Abstract: International valuation standards for potential solutions to land compensation are compared to formulate an equitable, hybrid model for possible use in Melanesia. In practice, because consensus is hard to reach, the proposed model is inherently time consuming. Author(s): Boydell, Spike; Baya, Ulai Source(s): , 28 p., ill., maps, tabs Published: 2012 World bank, Washington,…

Land acquisitions in Tanzania : strong sustainability, weak sustainability and the importance of comparative methods : paper

Abstract: This analysis of large-scale land acquisitions in Tanzania shows that much of the controversy involves issues of weak sustainability – particularly levels of compensation to local villagers – rather than issues of strong sustainability such as food security, biodiversity and ecosystem services. Author(s): Purdon, Mark Source(s): , 52 p., ill., graphs, maps, tabs Published:…

Who owns the land? : perspectives from rural Ugandans and implications for land acquisitions

Abstract: The effect of different definitions of land ownership, gender relations and ownership documents on women’s land rights in Uganda is examined. Many households report husbands and wives jointly own the land, but women are less likely to be listed on ownership documents and have fewer rights. Author(s): Bomuhangi, Allan; Doss, Cheryl; Meinzen-Dick, Ruth Source(s):…

Managing Africa’s Natural Resources towards Achieving the Millennium Development Goals: Concept Note

Abstract: The seminar “Managing Africa’s Natural Resources Towards Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)” (Rome, 28 Sep. 2012) serves to promote a dialogue on the roles and responsibilities of both European and African parliamentarians in the management of natural resources, incl. land. Contents: Millennium Development Goals: How Africa is Fairing Africa’s Natural Resources: Opportunity or…

Land rights and the rush for land : findings of the Global commercial pressures on land research project

Abstract: The characteristics, drivers and impacts and trends of rapidly increasing commercial pressures on land are examined. One of the conclusions is that the poor are bearing disproportionate costs, but reaping few benefits, because of poor governance. Author(s): Anseeuw, Ward; Bending, Tim; Wilson, David; Domenico, Aldo Di Source(s): , viii, 72 p., ill., graphs, maps…