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Agricultural Land Tenure Policies as Catalyst for Enhanced Women Economic Empowerment in Arua District, Uganda (Published)

Land as a factor of production in agricultural based economy plays a pivotal role in enhancing women equal rights in participation in development. Therefore, land tenure systems should be gender inclusive in order to facilitate rapid economic empowerment of women who contribute the largest share of labour rural parts of Uganda. Nonetheless, it is important to note that literature on the relationship between agricultural land tenure policies and women economic empowerment in Uganda is scanty. The purpose of the study therefore was to investigate the effects of agricultural land tenure policies on women economic empowerment in Arua District. The study adopted human development perspective theory and correlation research designs because the designs permitted hypothesis testing. The study targeted district agricultural officers, community development officers, district environmental officers, farmers, opinion leaders from the community, members of the civil society organizations and extension officers with a total sample size of 120 participants. Reliability analysis was achieved by use of tests retest technique and the results were subjected to factor analysis with all the items registering above 0.80. Expert assessment was used to realise content validity with the minimum principle component analysis factor loading value of all the items in the research tools were above 0.80 indicating that the tools were valid. Data collected were cleaned by weeding out inconsistent and irrelevant responses. The study found land tenure policies positive (β=.904) and significant (p=0.000) to women economic empowerment.  The study recommends that the government of Uganda, specifically the ministries of agriculture and lands, to spearhead an awareness campaign on the women land rights; initiate policy review targeting agricultural land tenure system and women economic empowerment. The study also recommends further research on this subject matter using other research paradigms such as case study.

Keywords: Land Tenure, Women Economic Empowerment., policies

An Analysis of the Conceptual Issues Affecting Land Ownership/Inheritance Among The People of Ogbe Autonomous Community in Ahiazu Mbaise of Imo State. (Published)

The concept of land ownership and inheritance especially among the people of south eastern Nigeria (igboland), right before the colonial period, has always been that of absolute ownership which bestows the holder with the power of alienation. Alienation connotes the totality of the right of disposal over a thing which is not only the most conclusive but also, the most valuable incidence of ownership. This is what gave land inheritance its value. However, over time, there has been a drift in the popular perception of land tenure, ownership/inheritance by the people as a result of the changing economic importance of land. Against this background, this study analyses the conceptual issues affecting land ownership and inheritance among the people of Ogbe community in Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State, South-Eastern Nigeria, as it were during the historical / traditional era down to the contemporary times. The study used the anthropological methods, namely key interview, observations, and archival records in collecting its data. Analysis from the study reveals that most aspects of the land laws of the people including land pledging, communal ownership, land sales, inheritance procedure and gift land among others were gradually changing while some have become extinct due to the emerging social, economic and political restructuring of the nation in general and Ogbe in particular.

Keywords: Analysis, Concepts, Inheritance, Land Tenure, Ogbe community, Ownership

AN ANALYSIS OF THE CONCEPTUAL ISSUES AFFECTING LAND OWNERSHIP/INHERITANCE AMONG THE PEOPLE OF OGBE AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITY IN AHIAZU MBAISE OF IMO STATE. (Published)

The concept of land ownership and inheritance especially among the people of south eastern Nigeria (igboland), right before the colonial period, has always been that of absolute ownership which bestows the holder with the power of alienation. Alienation connotes the totality of the right of disposal over a thing which is not only the most conclusive but also, the most valuable incidence of ownership. This is what gave land inheritance its value. However, over time, there has been a drift in the popular perception of land tenure, ownership/inheritance by the people as a result of the changing economic importance of land. Against this background, this study analyses the conceptual issues affecting land ownership and inheritance among the people of Ogbe community in Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State, South-Eastern Nigeria, as it were during the historical / traditional era down to the contemporary times. The study used the anthropological methods, namely key interview, observations, and archival records in collecting its data. Analysis from the study reveals that most aspects of the land laws of the people including land pledging, communal ownership, land sales, inheritance procedure and gift land among others were gradually changing while some have become extinct due to the emerging social, economic and political restructuring of the nation in general and Ogbe in particular.

Keywords: Analysis, Concepts, Inheritance, Land Tenure, Ogbe community, Ownership

COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF RICE PRODUCTIVITY OF FARMERS ON DIFFERENT LAND TENURE SYSTEMS IN IMO STATE (Published)

This study compared and analysed the rice productivity of farmers on different land tenure systems in Ihitte/Uboma Local Government Area. A multistage sampling technique was used to select 50 rice farmers for the study. Data were collected with a well structured questionnaire and were analysed using descriptive statistics, ordinary least squares multiple regression techniques, net farm income model, total factor productivity and the Z- test statistics. The result showed that 48% of the respondents practised the individual land tenure system. Their major method of land acquisition is through communal followed by inheritance. The average land size cultivated on was 1.98ha.The multiple regression analysis showed that factors such as sex, farming experience, method of land acquisition, annual off farm income and lease price of rice farmers influenced their landholding size. The net returns per hectare of rice farmers on communal and individual land tenure system were N8, 721.25 and N17, 327.91 respectively. The mean of the total factor productivity computed for communal and individual land tenure systems were 1.89 and 3.06 respectively. This implies that there was statistically significant difference between the productivities of rice farmers on the different land tenure systems in the study area. It is therefore concluded that with increased capital, improved varieties/technology and skilled labour, the level of profit would increase.

Keywords: Agricultural Productivity, Agriculture, Land Amendment., Land Tenure, Rice