Selorm KugbegaDoctoral Student, PhD, MSc , MSc, BSc
Research areas and keywords
- land use/land use change, Land Tenure Security, Rural development, Livelihoods, Food security
Commercial agriculture zoning projects and public-private agricullture-led industrialization initiatives have recently emerged in Ghana with government, private sector and international corperations leading efforts to convert arable customary land to statutory tenure. These new developments in rural land tenure and agricultural production challenge much of the evidence in the critical literature on the ability of Ghana given its unique characteristics, to replicate the successes of the Asian-style green revolution that was influenced predominanatly by intensive smallholder agriculture. The calls for a relook at changing land rights and farm structure dynamics in Sub-saharan Africa are well placed towards ensuring that policy actions that focus exclusively on the collective potential of smallholder agriculture to lead agriculture-driven economic transformation in Africa are readapted to recognize the changing land tenure and farm structure dynamics.
The implications of extensive rural land acquisition may be far reaching for communities who adhere to the tenets of intergenerational equity and conceptualize land as a bundle of inherent rights for past, present and future generations rather than a mere corporal hereditament. The rise in medium and large scale farms in Ghana may hold several implications for a country where smallholder agriculture is the primary employer of rural populations and farm size is a major determinant of rural household wealth. Regardless, little is known of the extent and effects of these land use and farm size changes on rural development.
My research therefore seeks to incite a discussion on the implications of such rural land use changes on smallholder farmer's livelihoods and food security (access and availability) in Ghana.