Upcoming Research Seminar on Land Policy – Monday, June 24th in Abuja

IFPRI Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Dr. Hosaena Ghebru Hagos, will present his working paper; titled "Gender-Differentiated Demand for Certificates of Occupancy (CO) in Rural and Urban Areas of Nigeria: The case of Kano and Ondo states."


Please join us to learn more about IFPRI's current research on land policy and gender in Nigeria. For the full abstract and bio, please see below.

Date: Monday, June 24th, 2013
Time: 2:00PM - 3:30PM
Venue: IFDC Conference Room
No 6/Plot 1413 Ogbagi Street
Off Oro-Ago Crescent
Cadastral Zone II
Garki, Abuja
(Near old CBN building and behind Union Homes)
RSVP: Please email u.nischan@cgiar.org by Friday, the 21st of June to confirm your attendance.

To address issues of weak property rights and poor land governance in Nigeria, the Government has established a Presidential Technical Committee for Land Reform (PTCLR). The PTCLR is responsible for: providing technical assistance to the states and local governments to undertake systematic land registration nationally; and making recommendations that will ensure effective, simplified, sustainable and successful land administration in Nigeria. Building on successful experience elsewhere in Africa as well as local experience, the PTCLR aims to undertake pilots for systematic low-cost registration. There is consensus that the specific design of such an intervention needs to be informed by a better understanding of local conditions in the states (Kano, and Ondo) identified as potential pilot locations and that an in-depth evaluation of socio-economic impact will be required. The seminar, thus, discusses the three main results of a pilot study on gender- differentiated demand for certificates of occupancy (CO) in rural and urban areas of Kano and Ondo states to support design of land registration pilots supported by the PTCLR. First, with only about one quarter of females having any (individual or joint) land rights, land ownership is heavily biased against women. Second, while 65% of households have informal documents that were often acquired at significant cost, only 5% were able to afford COs due to high informal fees. Third, demand for COs is high with about 54% of households (62% in rural and 46% in urban areas) willing to pay a price that would allow full cost recovery. Measures to make land certificates affordable and inclusive from a gender perspective could thus have a big impact. Implications for pilot design and the block-randomized strategy for impact evaluation of the pilot are also presented in detail.

Dr. Hosaena Ghebru is a Post-doctoral Fellow with the Development Strategy and Governance Division at IFPRI. He earned his PhD in Economics with specialization in Development Economics from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. His principal areas of research are on the economics of land tenure and land policy reforms, the causes and consequences of land rental market participation; measurements of rural poverty and vulnerability, welfare and productivity impacts land tenure reforms. Currently, he is leading (involved in) projects on impact evaluation of land tenure and administration reforms in Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique, Ethiopia, and (Tanzania) and is a project manager for the Global Partnership for Land Governance Assessment Framework (LGAF).