New study fills a knowledge gap on drivers of perceived land tenure security: Evidence from Ghana

Tenure security is believed to be critical in spurring agricultural investment and productivity. Yet what improves or impedes tenure security is still poorly understood. The new paper by Hosaena Ghebru and Isabel Lambrecht analyses the main factors associated with farmers’ perceived tenure security in Ghana.

Webinar recording: The rise of medium-scale farms in Africa

This webinar by Prof. Thomas Jayne (MSU) on May 23, 2017 highlighted the causes and consequences of changing farm size distributions in sub-Saharan Africa. Watch the webinar recording and join the conversation in the comments section below.

Women’s access to land in Ghana: Are we asking the right questions, drawing the right conclusions?

With increased recognition of the importance of gender in development, researchers now often collect data disaggregated at the individual or intra-household level, sometimes with a great amount of detail involved. Yet, once in a while we may need to step back and reflect whether we are asking the right questions and whether we are making >> Read more

“As a wife I will help, manage, and love”: The value of qualitative research in understanding land tenure and gender in Ghana

In this post I argue that qualitative field work aiming at understanding the local context is not a frivolous activity. For highly contested topics, such as gender and land, and in contexts where custom dominates, rigorous qualitative empirical work may lead to valuable insights and research outputs.

Celebrating Pi Day: What pie charts can tell us about gender gaps in control over land

In recognition of Pi Day (Greek letter π), celebrated each March 14th (03/14), here are some pie charts to illustrate key findings on gender gaps in control over land.  Some recent surveys collect information on who within households owns land, allowing us to analyze the gender gaps.