Journal of Planning and Land Management 2020-09-07T00:00:00+00:00 Dr. Bernard A. A. Akanbang Open Journal Systems <div id="wd-5f0390b37194f" class="woodmart-text-block-wrapper color-scheme- woodmart-title-size-custom woodmart-title-width-90 text-left vc_custom_1594069217021"> <div class="woodmart-title-container woodmart-text-block font-primary woodmart-font-weight-">Papers published in the Journal of Planning and Land Management are reviewed by competent academics and professionals with expertise in the field of Land Management, Real Estate, Planning, Community Development, Geographic information system (GIS), Simon Diedong Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies (<span class="il">SDD</span>–<span class="il">UBIDS</span>). Papers are thoroughly reviewed by a duo-blind review team and published promptly without compromising on the quality of the final output.</div> </div> <div class="wpb_text_column wpb_content_element vc_custom_1594077292270"> <div class="wpb_wrapper"> <p>Potential authors must read the author guidelines before preparing and submitting their manuscripts. Papers that do not follow these guidelines will be desk rejected until concerns are addressed appropriately.</p> </div> </div> Peri-urbanisation: a blessing or scourge? 2020-09-06T23:28:23+00:00 Ibrahim Abu Abdulai Francis Enu-kwesi Joseph Boateng Agyenim <p>The rate of agricultural land conversion in peri-urban communities due to peri-urbanisation and inefficient use of agricultural lands has raised concerns at both local and global levels. This paper surveys the literature and synthesises the key arguments for and against peri-urbanisation. A review of the literature demonstrates that the focal arguments focus on employment, diversification and intensification of agriculture, cash-income activities, livestock rearing, access to goods and services, unsanitary conditions, social vices, weakening social relations, deforestation, high cost of living, and out-migration. We conclude that peri-urbanisation brings about the betterment of living conditions and at the same time displaces local livelihoods, while breeding poverty for local residents. Hence, we recommend the design and implementation of policies that will secure agriculture lands, while promoting urban activities to enable farmer households to cultivate their land and at the same time engage with the new urban opportunities.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> 2020-09-07T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 JOURNAL OF PLANNING AND LAND MANAGEMENT Compulsory land acquisition by government and litigations in Ghana: an empirical study of three educational institutions in Wa Municipality 2020-09-06T23:35:01+00:00 Issaka Kanton Osumanu Prince Agyekum Prosper Laari Bosommi <p>This study examined government’s compulsory acquisitions of land for public educational infrastructure development in Ghana, using three case studies in Wa Municipality of Upper West Region. The strategy of inquiry was qualitative, involving key informant interviews with heads of the acquiring authorities and beneficiary institutions as well as semi-structured interviews with pre-acquiring owners and settlers of the lands. The findings revealed that the processes of compulsory acquisition of the subject lands had been delayed, and it is unclear when they would be completed. The processes were not properly followed as determined in the State Lands Regulations of 1962 (L.I. 230) and its subsequent amendments, which provide the processes or procedures for state acquisition of lands under the State Lands Act of 1962 (Act 125), leading to agitations and litigations between landlords and government institutions. The study attributes the problems of compulsory land acquisition to failure of acquiring institutions to follow procedures laid by regulations on compulsory acquisition. It recommends that landowners should be represented in the acquisition process from the onset to ensure fairness and prompt payment of adequate compensation as provided for by the law to reduce tension and litigations between government institutions and landlords.</p> 2020-09-07T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 JOURNAL OF PLANNING AND LAND MANAGEMENT Factors impacting on effective implementation of land title registration – a perspective from Ghana 2020-09-06T23:40:20+00:00 Benjamin Armah Quaye <p>Many governments across Sub Saharan Africa are in the process of introducing or improving land registration and formal titling systems. One of the stated aims is to achieve modern land information management in order to facilitate the development of the land market. It is often assumed that, because formal systems and institutions have enjoyed some positive outcomes in terms of realising wealth in developed countries, they will succeed equally well in developing economies. However, findings from empirical studies across several developing countries show that the performance of formal land registration systems has been mixed. Relying on empirical data from two major cities in Ghana, this paper examines the operations of land registration system with particular reference to its land information management aspects. The analysis shows that a divergence in the implementation of principles of the legal framework and organisational challenges are major contributory factors to deficiencies in the land information regime of the land registration system. Hence, there is a need for effective implementation of well-crafted and functional legal frameworks for land registration, to ensure that the principles and operations of land registration are locally relevant and sensitive. To address the inadequate organisational capacity there is a need to improve the capacity of the human resource base of the officials of the formal land administration sector. The procedure for land registration must also be streamlined in order to eliminate unnecessary requirements and thereby reduce the transaction time, costs of registration and frustration of clients.</p> 2020-09-07T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 JOURNAL OF PLANNING AND LAND MANAGEMENT Understanding tenure security dynamics in resettlement towns: Evidence from the Bui Resettlement Project in Ghana 2020-09-06T23:05:36+00:00 Walter Dachaga Eugene Uchendu Chigbu <p>Many researchers have investigated the impacts of resettlement schemes in Ghana. However, not many have explored the tenure dynamics in resettlement and how it either improves or worsens tenure security. This study contributes to filling this gap by assessing tenure security in the Bui Resettlement Town B in Ghana and proposes measures for undertaking resettlement projects in a tenure responsive manner. The study adopted a qualitative and descriptive statistical approach based on data collected using interviews on tenure experiences and resettlement processes concerning the Bui resettlement project (Resettlement Town B) in Ghana.&nbsp; Findings show that tenure insecurity is associated with the resettlement project due to the transformation of tenure from communal holding to individual holding, changes in traditional land governance structures from local chiefs to Bui Power Authority and a general lack of access to land. The study concludes with some measures for improving tenure security in resettlement towns.</p> 2020-09-07T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 JOURNAL OF PLANNING AND LAND MANAGEMENT Sharecropping arrangement in the contemporary agricultural economy of Ghana: A study of Techiman North District and Sefwi Wiawso Municipality, Ghana 2020-09-06T23:17:53+00:00 Kwasi Baah Joseph Kwaku Kidido <p>The desire for plantation farms and the availability of fertile uncultivated lands coupled with the influx of migrant farmers into the plantation frontiers during the mid-eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries largely occasioned the emergence of the share cropping mechanism in the then Gold Coast. Using two districts in Ghana, this study examined sharecroppers land access mode in the contemporary agricultural economy of Ghana. Mixed methods research was used in this study and focused on sharecrop-tenants as well as the sharecrop-landlords as the key research respondents. The results show that across the two areas, <em>abunu</em> system of tenancy was the dominant sharecropping arrangement.&nbsp; The benefit share of the landlord has moved from one-third (1/3) per the traditional <em>abusa </em>tenant system to 50% under the modern <em>abunu </em>system for tree crop plantations. The tenant-farmers’ percentage share has, however, declined from 2/3 to ½ under the current <em>abunu</em> system and in some cases the sharing arrangement is restricted to the proceeds and not the land. Again, the tenants now have to make upfront monetary payment in order to access land, which was not the case in the past. The share tenancy arrangement is on an evolutionary trajectory towards equalizing entitlements to proceeds, in a manner that seems to disadvantage the tenant farmers and keep them in the cycle of tenancy.&nbsp; The study underscores the need for further research to fully understand the drivers of these variations and emerging trends of the sharecropping land access dynamics for an informed policy response.</p> 2020-09-07T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 JOURNAL OF PLANNING AND LAND MANAGEMENT