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Title: The Chieftaincy Institution in Ghana: Causers and Arbitrators of Conflicts in Industrial Jatropha Investments
Authors: Acheampong, Emmanuel
Campion, Benjamin Betey
Keywords: biofuels
land
conflicts
chiefs
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Sustainability
Citation: Sustainability 2014, 6, 6332-6350; doi:10.3390/su6096332
Abstract: Large-scale land acquisition in Africa has been the concern and the focus of growing global literature on land grabbing. The upswing in biofuel investments in Ghana led to large-scale land acquisitions by the private sector presided over by chiefs. This research investigates how chiefs, in playing their traditional roles in the acquisition of land and as arbitrators, were, in most instances, the cause and the solution to the ensuing conflicts in the various communities. Data was collected through interviews, use of questionnaires and focus group discussions. Some of the conflict issues include loss of farmlands or other communal lands, disagreements on the land acquisition processes, the quantum and mode of execution of compensation payments and the existence or contents of social responsibility agreements. Furthermore, the use of negotiation, mediation and courts by people in these communities relative to arbitration by chiefs is increasing. The Government of Ghana needs to strengthen the public sector land institutions and put in place stronger and binding mechanisms for resolving disputes arising from large-scale acquisitions of land to cushion the effect of the weakening confidence in the chieftaincy institution.
Description: This Article was published by Sustainability 2014, 6, 6332-6350; doi:10.3390/su6096332
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/9854
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