Land tenure and management of trees | Land Portal

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Date of publication: 
janvier 1998
ISBN / Resource ID: 
125902
Pages: 
2 pages
Copyright details: 
IFPRI adheres to the basic tenets of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, articulated in 2002 (subject to any applicable third-party rights and or confidentiality obigations). All applicable data are subject to IFPRI’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) guidelines. Copyright © 2013 International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). All rights reserved.

Customary land areas in Western Ghana have been evolving towards individualized ownership. Inherited and temporarily allocated family lands are being transferred to wives and children as inter-vivos gifts, to be planted with cocoa. Giving gifts is a way to circumvent the traditional Akan matrilineal land inheritance system in which land is transferred from a deceased man to his matrilineal relatives but not to his wife and children. This study examines the effects of this process of individualization on the production efficiency of cocoa and food crops using detailed household-level data from 249 households in 10 villages in Western Ghana.....Given that a major proportion of labor input into young cocoa cultivation is provided by women and children, it is not surprising that gift transactions have evolved to increase their incentive to provide labor in establishing cocoa. There are also no significant gender differences in either net revenue per hectare or labor use per hectare. Thus, the transfer of land to women through gifts has improved gender equity without sacrificing production efficiency.

Auteurs et éditeurs

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

Quisumbing, Agnes R.
Otsuka, Keijiro

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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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