Efforts at helping to provide farmers especially vulnerable women with adequate security of land tenure have been stepped up and these are found in the Ahafo-Ano North and Assin South districts.

This is being spearheaded by the Land Resource Management Centre, an NGO, under a project dubbed ?Innovative Tools to Secure Land Rights in Ghana? implemented in 12 communities in Ashanti, and the Central Regions.

Mr. Mark Kakraba Ampeh, the Project Director, said the goal was to protect the land rights of the farmer for improved agricultural productivity.

He was speaking at a workshop held in Kumasi to share the lessons from the pilot phase of the project, which lasted for two-and a-half years.

It brought together traditional authorities, land owners, tenant farmers, land sector agencies, land commissioners, government agencies and NGOs.

Mr. Ampeh said there was the need for land owners and tenants to engage the services of qualified surveyors for proper demarcation of their lands and efficient documentation of farmlands.

The workshop provided the platform for participants to share experiences and challenges and to discuss some innovative tools developed by the Centre.

These include community-based land survey with the involvement of para-surveyors, formation of community-based dispute resolution committee and land agreement templates.

Mr. Kofi Abaka Blankson, Senior Officer (Planning and Administration) Ghana Land Administration Project (LAP), said that land survey was a special field and therefore must be handled by only professionals.

Mr. Joseph Okyere, Programme Director, Landseal Company, urged the government and civil society to do more to support land data collection.

Nana Nsuase Poku Agyemang, the Ashanti Regional Stool lands Officer, appealed to communities to insist that stool lands revenue was openly and transparently accounted for by district assemblies.

Source: GNA

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