Land tenure in Ghana: Making a case for incorporation of customary law in land administration and areas of intervention

Generally, it is recognized that forest dwellers in developing countries constitute one of the poorest classes of people in the word. In Ghana, it is estimated that between twelve and fourteen million people live and depend on forests resources for their livelihoods (IUCN, Ghana Country Assessment Report Summary, 2007). The forest provides them with their daily food, shelter, employment and income, health and wellbeing etc. It is also on record that agriculture, forestry and mining sectors which are heavily dependent on land resource constitutes about 70% of Ghana’s gross domestic product (Land Administration Programme). However, it has been acknowledged that current efforts, in ensuring sustainability and fair access to forest resources, to make forestry work for these poor and deprived people have not yielded the desired results to positively impact their livelihoods. 

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