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Nigeria is a populous middle-income country that heavily relies on revenues from oil and gas exports, ranking among the 10 biggest oil exporters in the world. However, agriculture is as important to Nigeria’s economy contributing 21.9% to the GDP and providing employment for more than half the rural population.
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sustainable lagos'war on land grabbing

Sustaining Lagos’ War on Land Grabbing

28 November 2020

Land-related crises are common in Nigeria. It is, probably, as old as the society. It is rooted in structural, historical and socio-economic dynamics; and it is compelled by growing urbanization. Though a national challenge, land-related crisis is more pronounced in Lagos State. Considering its…

FG secures $72 million from World Bank for states to develop land information systems

FG secures $72 million from World Bank for states to develop land information systems

24 November 2020

FG has secured $2m each for the 36 states of the federation through a World Bank-funded programme to develop their land information system. The Nigerian government has announced that it has secured the sum of $72 million from the World Bank for the 36 states of the federation to develop a land…

Edo Community Tackles Multinational Rice Farmer Over Land Acquisition

9 November 2020

Following the development, the community leaders have asked the company to vacate their land for the interest of peace, alleging that it was illegally acquired. Indigenes of Illushi community in Esan South-East Local Government Area of Edo State have disagreed with a rice farming company, Skaff…



Even if Nigeria’s Constitution provides equal land, divorce, and inheritance rights to men and women, according to customary practices, women are regarded as their spouse’s property and as such are not entitled to own land themselves.

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PhD Session II

5 July 2021

In the second PhD session of the LANDac Conference 2021, three PhD researchers presented their work in progress. We learned about slums in Abuja, Nigeria, about forest rights in India, and about the relation between inequalities in soil fertility, gender, and access to subsidies. Each presentation…

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The Root of Inequality? Customary Tenure and Women’s Rights to Land in West Africa

  Background In much of West Africa, women are considered breadwinners responsible to provide food for the family. However, women do not only own less land but also face manifold obstacles in accessing land through transfers, inheritance, or lease. The tenure security of this groups has been…