Perceived Land Tenure Security and Rural Transformation: Empirical Evidence from Ghana

July 2016
IFPRI Discussion Paper 01545 (Hosaena Ghebru, Huma Khan and Isabel Lambrecht)

Using household- and plot-level data from Ghana, analyzes the main factors associated with farmers’ perceived tenure security. Individually, farmers perceive greater tenure security on plots acquired via inheritance than on land allocated by traditional authorities. But collectively, perceived tenure security lessens in communities with more active land markets and economic vibrancy. Migrant households and women in polygamous households feel less secure about their tenure, while farmers with political connections are more confident about their tenure security.