CANCELLED: Upcoming Seminar on Women’s Land Rights May 8th in Abuja

Due to the planned increase in security for the WEFA Conference and the governments plans to shutdown during this time, we are cancelling the May seminar on Women's Land Rights. We regret any inconvenience this may have caused. 

The seminar, titled "Women's Land Rights and Intra-household Bargaining Power: Perception and Practice of Inheritance in Nigeria," will be presented by IFPRI Associate Research Fellow, Dr. Hosaena Ghebru. During the seminar you will learn more about women's access to land through the inheritance system in Nigeria.

Source: IFPRI Nigeria

Source: IFPRI Nigeria

Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Time: 2:00PM - 4:00PM
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 before the 6th of May. We apologize, but we are unable to provide transportation stipends to attend this event.


Looking at inheritance patterns over three generations of individuals, the study examines women's access to land in Nigeria using inheritance information to compare: (i) male and female respondents, and their siblings (1st generation); (ii) wives and their husbands (2nd generation); and (iii) daughters and sons of the respondent household (3rd generation). For this purpose, detailed survey data (on practice and perception/expectation of inheritance) from 4000 households in two LGAs from Ondo State was used. Controlling for a large number of factors, including location, household demography, religion and tribe, we find robust evidence that women, both in the respondents and their children generation, are less likely to inherit land from their respective parents. Looking at the dynamics of inheritance, results show a slight improvement is observed over time. Results also show that women are more likely to receive land inheritance from their mothers than fathers while mother's education has a  positive effect on women's chance of inheritance. Results also show that Women are more likely to receive land inheritance from their mothers than fathers while mother's education has positive effect women chance of inheritance.


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).