Testing a fit-for-purpose (FFP) model for strengthening customary land rights and tenure to improve household food security in Northwest Ghana

B.B. Nara*, M. Lengoiboni, J.A. Zevenbergen

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Current land rights and tenure literature on northern Ghana is deficient in presenting a responsible and fit-for- purpose land rights and tenure model (in short: FFP model) for subsistence farmers. This paper tests a new co- created FFP model based on user requirements. The research tested the effectiveness, proper functioning and possible obstructions to the model when implemented. In order to test this model; focus group discussions, key informant interviews, joint community workshops and community forums were employed. The results show that the co-created model is potentially effective, can function properly with minimal obstructions that can be easily addressed if there is commitment from stakeholders. The model can therefore facilitate the strengthening of land rights and securing of land tenure in local communities. It further passed the test as capable of facilitating subsistence farming and the promoting food security. The research (test) also shows that in spite of the external influences negatively affecting local communities including their land issues, these communities are willing to take advantage of some of these external factors (e.g. government institutions, legislations and courts) for their common good. Thus, strengthening land rights and securing tenure for all categories of land users and land uses. The research therefore concludes that this model can be successfully implemented in the study area and in other areas of Ghana. However, beyond Ghana, some adjustments to the model may be needed to make it adequately relevant for each unique context.
Original languageEnglish
Article number105646
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalLand use policy
Early online date14 Jul 2021
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021


  • Customary land rights
  • Conflict resolution
  • Fit-for-purpose land administration
  • UT-Hybrid-D

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