The role of Traditional Property Rights in the sustainable use of Rural Lands in the Techiman Municipality

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Land is an invaluable resource that serves the socio-economic needs of various communities in the country. Ghana has several ethnic groups with diverse cultural systems which have influence on the way land resources are used in the different communities. Techiman is an agrarian municipality with the largest food crops market in Ghana. Over the years, tenure practices have led to land fragmentation, insecurity of tenure, boundary disputes and decreases in agricultural production. This study therefore employed preliminary investigations, interviews, focus group discussions to unravel the extent to which traditional land tenure has influenced the sustainable use of lands. The study has suggested among others that, there should be land mapping of customary lands to define clear boundaries, mainstreaming of customs and norms into municipal bye-laws and introduction of common rules to govern the use of common properties.
Thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Science Degree (M.Sc.) in Development Planning and Management.