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Title:Communal land tenure and the problem of transforming traditional agriculture in Ghana
Author:Benneh, G.
Periodical:Journal of Administration Overseas
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:customary law
land law
agricultural development
Abstract:In the search for the right formula to get agriculture moving in Ghana, there has been much discussion on the negative role played by the country's communal system of land tenure. Although the present Government has given encouragement to large-scale farming, the bulk of the country's agricultural production is in the hands of small-scale traditional farmers, and efforts at increasing agricultural production have therefore largely been aimed at the traditional sector. While there are many reasons for the lack of success of past agricultural programmes, the author argues that the emphasis being placed on land reform as a sine qua non for improving traditional agriculture is misplaced because communal tenure is not an impediment to improving agriculture. The small-scale traditional farmer can adopt new agricultural techniques successfully without need for mechanisation or the reform of the land tenure system. Notes; table.