Land governance and investment – implications for sustainable and more effective land tenure administration systems

Lack of farm-level investment, poor technology adoption and the resultant low level of agricultural productivity have been documented as persistent features of smallholder agriculture in Nigeria. Weak land governance and failure to recognize/protect customary land rights and lack of inclusive private sector development have been key issues associated with such poor performance of the agricultural sector in the country. To address this issue, a new wave of land reforms has hit the country in the last two decades. Most specifically, the pilot systematic land tenure regularization (SLTR) program first piloted in Ondo state in 2014/15 was the most notable one. With a view toward identifying opportunities and challenges of the existing legal and institutional framework concerning land governance in Nigeria and document the intermediary impacts of the SLTR program,  the research team will focus on understanding the impacts of the program on intra-household bargaining power and land/other asset transfer or decision makings.

Research Team Leader

Dr. Hosaena Ghebru (IFPRI)

Research Team Members

Mr. Austen Okumo (University of Hohenhiem)