The Heinrich Boell Foundation (hbs), in collaboration with the ECOWAS Commission’s Directorate on Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources, held a Roundtable with stakeholders from civil society across West Africa to discuss the ECOWAS land policy. CSOs demand more transparency and ask for publication of the (draft) Land Policy.
The Heinrich Boell Foundation (hbs), in collaboration with the ECOWAS Commission’s Directorate on Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources, held a Roundtable with stakeholders from civil society across West Africa to achieve the following objectives:
Holding unto their land against all odds
In Malen Chiefdom, Sierra Leone, the cries of small farmers echo through prison walls, but authorities turn deaf ears. Reports say corporate organizations and big time farmers collude with authorities in mad grab for ancestral farm lands spanning several hectares from land owners.
Cette étude sur la gestion foncière en Afrique de l’Ouest est une contribution de la Fondation Heinrich Boell pour une utilisation rationnelle du patrimoine foncier en Afrique de l’Ouest. Elle se propose principalement de faire, d’une part une analyse approfondie de la question foncière dans trois pays (Togo, Ghana et Côte d’Ivoire), et, d’autre part, de comparer les systèmes de gestion foncière de ces pays avec celui du Niger qui constitue un modèle dans la sous-région ouest-africaine.
In Nigeria, access to land by citizens irrespective of age and gender has been through inheritance and acquisition through purchase going by the custom. However with the nationalization of land, which vest control on the state, condition for access to land is determined through Land Use Act.
• Legislation and land laws
Ghana has dual land legislation-statutory and customary, but they operate in parallel manner.
Different land tenure and land management systems coexisting in the country since colonial times have been endorsed by the Constitutions of 1962, 1969, 1979 and 1992.
Gatte women demand equal access to land in Senegal
• Land ownership: Men only affair
In Gatte, a village in the rural community of Dangalma located in the borough of Ngoye in the Bambeye region, 25 km north of Diourbel, land is an exclusive preserve of the men. It therefore cannot be inherited by women, a recent study in the area shows.
Ces ‘Axes forts du plaidoyer pour une gestion foncière, inclusive, transparente et consensuelle en Afrique de l’Ouest’ ont été developpé par Amadou Kanouté pour le compte de hbs. Commentez, ajoutez vos remarques et vos suggestions! Continue reading
Nous recherchons des contributions de la part des Organisations non gouvernementales (ONG) qui encouragent les communautés à se mobiliser contre le risque de perte de leurs terres dans les transactions foncières opaques auxquelles ils ne sont pas souvent associés. Continue reading
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Land Justice 4 West Africa is a social media platform meant to voice the concerns of farmers, especially women and small holders who are affected by large scale land acquisitions. We are looking for contributions from NGOs who are supporting communities to organize against the threat of losing their land in acquisition deals that were not negotiated in a participatory or transparent manner. Our lead question is: What are best practices to defend the interest of communities – what are the smartest ideas and tools to organize protest and negotiate with investors?