Women's land rights in the transition to individualized ownership | Land Portal

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Date of publication: 
décembre 1998
Resource Language: 
ISBN / Resource ID: 
IFPRI-p15738coll2-125907
Pages: 
2 pages

Based on a survey of 60 villages in Western Ghana, where cocoa is the dominant crop, this study explores evolutionary changes in land tenure institutions on women's land rights and the efficiency of tree resource management....With increasing population pressure, customary land tenure institutions in Western Ghana have evolved toward individualized systems in order to provide appropriate incentives to invest in tree planting and management. Contrary to the conventional wisdom, individualization of land rights has strengthened women’s rights to land. If labor-intensive agriculture increases the demand for female labor, as in the case of cocoa in Ghana, a woman's labor on her husband's plot may represent a form of sweat equity that confers individualized land rights to her."

Auteurs et éditeurs

Author(s), editor(s), contributor(s): 

Quisumbing, Agnes R.; Payongayong, Ellen; Aidoo, J.B.; Otsuka, Keijiro

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The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) provides research-based policy solutions to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition in developing countries. Established in 1975, IFPRI currently has more than 500 employees working in over 50 countries. It is a research center of theCGIAR Consortium, a worldwide partnership engaged in agricultural research for development.


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About IFPRI


The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) provides research-based policy solutions to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition in developing countries. Established in 1975, IFPRI currently has more than 500 employees working in over 50 countries. It is a research center of theCGIAR Consortium, a worldwide partnership engaged in agricultural research for development.


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