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Title:Investigating the feasibility of land consolidation in the customary areas of Northern and Upper West regions of Ghana
Author:Zaid, Abubakari
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:land tenure
land use
agricultural production
theses (form)
External link:https://www.asclibrary.nl/docs/406365431.pdf
Abstract:Food security is an issue of global concern. The related issues of climate change creates more urgency especially in developing economies where crop production is largely rain fed and reliant on limited technology input. More fundamentally, land tenure and land use patterns greatly affect crop production. Specifically, land fragmentation is shown to undermine productivity in many countries. In the case of Ghana's customary lands, farmland sizes are relatively small. Additionally, household farmlands are highly fragmented. Current agricultural interventions, however, focus on input subsidisation that are ad hoc and the benefits of which are short lived. An alternative approach is considered to be the innovative and sustainable application of long term strategies such as land consolidation with which fragmented farmlands could be reorganised in order to improve yields, reduce the cost of production and improve the incomes of farmers. However, the successful implementation of land consolidation depends greatly on the suitability of local conditions with respect to land tenure and land use. In Ghana's customary lands, the alignment between the requirements for land consolidation and existing conditions remain unexplored. In response, this study investigated the feasibility of land consolidation within the customary tenure environment by juxtaposing the local conditions of the study areas hand in hand with the baseline conditions for land consolidation outlined in literature. Being exploratory in nature, the study relied on interviews and focus group discussions for primary data. Qualitative and categorical data collected from the field were processed using descriptive techniques and the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) respectively and spatial data was processed using ArcMap. [Boook abstract]