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Nigeria is a populous middle-income country that heavily relies on revenues from oil and gas exports, ranking among the 10 biggest oil exporters in the world. However, agriculture is as important to Nigeria’s economy contributing 21.9% to the GDP and providing employment for more than half the rural population.
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Why the cost of food is not yielding to Nigeria’s government policies

16 March 2022

Nigeria has had a series of policies directed towards improving food supply at affordable prices. Policies have kept coming since the 1960s, including the National Accelerated Food Production Programme of 1972 and the most recent – the National Agricultural Technology and Innovation Policy of 2021…

“The scramble for Lagos” and the urban poor’s fight for their homes

28 January 2022

Nigeria’s smallest yet most populous state continues to destroy informal settlements in defiance of the courts. On the night of 8 April 2017, the people of Otodo Gbame went to bed thinking they were safe. The previous year, the Governor of Lagos had promised to destroy this crowded waterfront…

Deforestation in Nigeria for oil palm plantations. Image by jbdodane via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

At a ‘certified’ palm oil plantation in Nigeria, soldiers and conflict over land

22 November 2021

When the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was created by a coalition of industry giants, retailers, banks, and NGOs in 2004, it was supposed to be the catalyst for a new, ethical era in palm oil production. Consumers could finally open a jar of Nutella or unroll their lipstick confident…



Even if Nigeria’s Constitution provides equal land, divorce, and inheritance rights to men and women, according to customary practices, women are regarded as their spouse’s property and as such are not entitled to own land themselves.

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PhD Session II

5 July 2021

In the second PhD session of the LANDac Conference 2021, three PhD researchers presented their work in progress. We learned about slums in Abuja, Nigeria, about forest rights in India, and about the relation between inequalities in soil fertility, gender, and access to subsidies. Each presentation…

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The Root of Inequality? Customary Tenure and Women’s Rights to Land in West Africa

  Background In much of West Africa, women are considered breadwinners responsible to provide food for the family. However, women do not only own less land but also face manifold obstacles in accessing land through transfers, inheritance, or lease. The tenure security of this groups has been…