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|Title:||CUSTOMARY LAND ALLOCATION, URBANIZATION AND LAND USE PLANNING IN GHANA: IMPLICATIONS FOR FOOD SYSTEMS IN THE WA MUNICIPALITY|
|Authors:||Kuusaana, E. D.|
Eledi, J. A.
|Series/Report no.:||Vol. 48;|
|Abstract:||Food insecurity remains persistent in the Global South due to constraints in food production capacities and intricate land tenure systems that stifle investment in agriculture. In the urbanized regions, uncontrolled urbanization and non-complaint land use systems have further worsened the potentials for urban food production. This research is based on a case study of the Wa Municipality in order to assess the influence of customary land allocation and peri-urbanization on land use planning and foods systems in Ghana using explorative and narrative research approaches. The study identified that customary stakeholders responsible for allocating such lands in the Wa Municipality were indiscriminately converting large tracts of hitherto agricultural lands to urban land uses. Statutorily prepared land use plans are hardly enforced and the planning priorities are on residential and commercial land uses that command higher land values to the detriment of agricultural lands. Weak institutional linkages also characterize the mandated planning and land administration institutions, with a planning system that is reactive rather than proactive in addressing development control challenges across the country. There is the need for planning authorities to adopt participatory land uses planning together with customary landholders and educating them on the essence of comprehensive land use together with customary landholders and educating them on the essence of comprehensive land use planning approaches. Based on the findings, local governments need to partner landowners to identify and reserve high potential agricultural land for sustainable urban food production.|
|Appears in Collections:||Faculty of Planning and Land Mangement|
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