Upcoming Research Seminar on the Preliminary Results of the Land Tenure Pilot Evaluation – November 5th in Abuja

Please join us on November 5th in Abuja for a seminar by  IFPRI Research Fellow, Dr. Hosaena Hagos. In the seminar, titled "Preliminary Results of the Baseline Survey Conducted in Two LGA’s in South-West Nigeria for Impact Evaluation of the Pilot Systematic Land Tenure Regularization (SLTR) Project," Dr. Hagos will present his preliminary results from the baseline data his team collected in Ondo earlier this year. He will also provide an overview of the project and details on the methodology being used for the evaluation. For the full abstract, please see below.

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Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Time: 9:30AM - 11:00AM

Venue: IFDC/IFPRI Conference Room No 6/Plot 1413 Ogbagi Street Off Oro-Ago Crescent Cadastral Zone II, Garki, Abuja Nigeria (Near old CBN building and behind Union Homes)

RSVP: Email a.y.bashir@cgiar.org before the 4th of November.

We apologize, but we are unable to provide transportation stipends to attend this event.



In response to a nation-wide initiative to improve the land governance sector in Nigeria, the Nigerian Federal Government established a Presidential Technical Committee for Land Reform (PTCLR) on April 2, 2009. As part of the broader initiative, the PTCLR aims to establish more efficient and secure access to land by: (i) improving the regulatory framework; (ii) helping beneficiaries have better and secure access to land through a natonal, systematic land registration; and (iii) making recommendations that will ensure effective, simplified, sustainable and successful land administration in Nigeria. The systematic land tenure regularization (SLTR) program is expected to revitalize land markets in Nigeria, increase investment opportunities, encourage mortgage lending, assure security of livelihoods and property, and reduce transaction costs for property right transfer. Building on successful local experience and elsewhere in Africa, the PTCLR is undertaking pilots for systematic low-cost registration of properties in Kano and Ondo. This report describes the impact evaluation design of activities related to ‘Systematic Land Tenure Regularization (SLTR) program in pilot areas of Ondo state’ and the site-specific interventions in urban and rural pilot wards within Ondo state.

The impact evaluation strategy uses a non-experimental Geographic Regression Discontinuity (spatial RD) design approach. Data will be collected at household and parcel level from both the treatment and control areas before and after the intervention. This report presents the preliminary results of the baseline survey conducted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in May – August, 2013 of 3800 households –1950 in Akure South (urban) and 1850 in Akure North (rural) of Ondo state. The results of the baseline data analysis focuses on providing an overview of the status of surveyed households in study areas of Akure North and Akure South across three broad categories: a) socio-economic characteristics (i.e., demographics, sources of income, asset holdings, and access to credit); b) land characteristics (i.e., land ownership, land markets, land investments, perceptions on tenure security and knowledge about land law and rights); and c) welfare characteristics (i.e., level of income, consumption and expenditure).


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).