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Title:Urban growth and changing land access and rights in peri-urban areas of Ghana's largest metropolises, Accra and Kumasi
Author:Owusu, George
Year:2009
Periodical:African Population Studies
Volume:23
Pages:253-281
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:urbanization
land tenure
suburban areas
land scarcity
Abstract:Like many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Ghana is undergoing rapid urbanization with a projected 52 percent of its total population urbanized by 2010. This paper examines the effects of urban growth on land rights and access in peri-urban areas of Ghana's largest cities, Accra and Kumasi. Based on questionnaire surveys and focus group discussions carried out in five peri-urban areas - Ofankor/Amasaman, Nii Boi Town and Nungua in Accra, and Ayeduase and Fankyenebra in Kumasi - the study found that urban growth and growing population pressure in Accra and Kumasi due to rural-urban migration, natural urban population growth and the effects of globalization are leading to significant changes in land tenure practices. More significantly, urban growth pressures are leading to land commodification resulting in individualized and privatized rights as opposed to group or communal rights (usufruct). The implications of the changing land tenure practices for urban development in Ghana are discussed. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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