THE CLARID PROJECT

Creating National awareness on Land Rights Documentation in Ghana

 
 

OVERVIEW

One of the major contributors to low productivity and limited investments in small holder agriculture in Ghana is land tenure insecurity. Very often, land rights holders in Ghana do not have documentation on their land. Some owners of land rights, especially at the customary level, have limited knowledge about documentation of land rights, may not have access to land documentation services or worse still, may not be aware of the need for such documentation.

With support from Omidyar Network, COLANDEF is currently implementing a two-year policy advocacy and media campaign under a project themed the Customary Land Rights Documentation Project (CLARID) with the main aim of increasing public knowledge and awareness on the risks of undocumented land rights and the need for land rights documentation in Ghana. The project will also produce a handbook which will provide a step by step guide for actors at the customary level, on how to go through the land rights documentation at the local level.

 
 
 

Documenting one’s lands rights is an important step towards achieving security of land rights. However, many land rights holders in Ghana do not have documentation on their land. Most land rights owners, especially at the customary level, have limited knowledge about documentation of land rights, may not have access to land documentation services or in certain situations, be completely unaware of the need for such documentation. The resulting tenure insecurity has been identified as one of the major contributors to low productivity and limited investments in small holder agriculture in Ghana. This situation perpetuates poverty for smallholder farmers and rural households in Ghana.

COLANDEF, with support from Omidyar Network is currently implementing a two-year policy advocacy and media campaign under a project themed the Customary Land Rights Documentation Project. Project implementation began in February 2018 and is expected to end in January 2020.

As part of the project implementation, COLANDEF is engaging with stakeholders in the land and agricultural sectors including smallholder farmers, customary land authorities, state agencies, civil society, and the media, to build shared ownership of the project concept, the implementation process and the outputs delivered.

Under this project, we aim at increasing awareness on the risks associated with undocumented land rights, building a common understanding on how land documentation can be done for customary land users to protect their land rights, strengthen capacity of customary land authorities, and institutionalize customary land rights documentation in Ghana. 

The key components of the project are:

  • an evidence-based research to inform the development of the handbook.  

  • a media campaign for public education, sensitization and awareness raising on land governance, land rights documentation and  processes for rural land rights documentation in Ghana.

 

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Main Goals

-increase public knowledge and awareness on land rights documentation in Ghana.

-develop a handbook to guide actors at the customary level going through the land rights documentation process.