A presentation at the Expert Conference Organized at the European Academy Otzenhausen (Saarland), January 18th -20th, 2012
By: Samuel B. Mabikke
Rapid growth of demand for agricultural land is putting pressure on property rights systems, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, where customary tenure systems have provided secure land access. Patterns of gradual, endogenous change toward formalization are being challenged by rapid and large-scale demands from outsiders. Little attention has focused on the gender dimensions of this transformation. Based on a study of land tenure in Uganda, this paper analyzes how different ways of defining landownership—based on household reports, existence of ownership documents, and rights over the land—provide very different indications of the gendered patterns of landownership and rights. Although many households report that husbands and wives jointly own the land, women are less likely to be listed on ownership documents, especially titles, and women have fewer land rights. A simplistic focus on title to land misses much of the reality regarding land tenure and could especially have an adverse impact on women’s land rights.
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The Uganda Land Alliance recently conducted a field study in 8 districts to establish the progress women have made vis avis their rights to land. The districts covered were: Amuru, Apac, Gulu, Pader, Hoima, Kyenjojo, Mubende and Jinja.
Between May and July 2011, a Documentation Team embarked on field trips to the study districts and visited the individuals that were identified to have made gains in ‘fighting’ for their land rights. These persons were met in their respective homes and they shared their stories with the documentation team.
The detailed experiences captured from the cases have been published into a book titled, “A woman and Her Land-A ray of hope beacons”. This book contains the real life stories as told to the documentation team.
Also to accompany the book, a video documentary was captured and will soon be posted on U-tube for public access. Copies of the Documentary DVDs can be accessed on request.
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Being able to access, control, and own productive assets such as land, labor, finance, and social capital enables people to create stable and productive lives. Yet relatively little is known about how agricultural development programs can most effectively deliver these outcomes of well-being, empowerment, and higher income in a way that acknowledges differential access to and control over assets by men and women. After reviewing the literature on gender and assets, this paper offers a conceptual framework for understanding the gendered pathways through which asset accumulation occurs, including attention to not only men’s and women’s assets but also those they share in joint control and ownership. Unlike previous frameworks, this model depicts the gendered dimensions of each component of the pathway in recognition of the evidence that men and women not only control, own, or dispose of assets in different ways, but also access, control, and own different kinds of assets. The framework generates gender-specific hypotheses that can be tested empirically: i) Different types of assets enable different livelihoods, with a greater stock and diversity of assets being associated with more diverse livelihoods and better well-being outcomes; ii) Men and women use different types of assets to cope with different types of shocks; iii) Interventions that increase men’s and women’s stock of a particular asset improve the bargaining power of the individual(s) who control that asset; and iv) Interventions and policies that reduce the gender gap in assets are better able to achieve development outcomes related to food security, health, and nutrition and other aspects of well-being related to agency and empowerment. The implications of these gender differences for designing agricultural development interventions to increase asset growth and returns to assets as well as for value chain development are discussed. Based on this analysis, additional gaps in knowledge and possible investigations to address them are identified.
Keywords: assets, agricultural development, conceptual frameworks, food security, gender, intrahousehold, livelihoods, welfare
Download “Milestones Towards Integration of Formal and Informal Land Justice Systems in Northern Uganda” Year of publication: 2010
Download Epite Ngolo Ajokan Ngolo Esubakinere Ngakiro Nguna a Ngalup alo Uganda: Aanyun Nguna a Kire Nguna Etapito Ngalupe. Year of publication: 2008
Popular version of the National Land Policy [Different language series]
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Kupsabiny [Wulewunto ndarastit nye nomekey ako tangek om Uganda]- Click here to download
Ateso [Ainapeta nu akwap nako Uganda nu alupok]- Click here to download
Akarimojong [Ngikisila ngulu angalup anakwap a Uganda]- Click here to download
Land and Resource Rights; A guide on the rights of the Batwa of South Western Uganda. Download
Reviewing Land Board. Click here to download
Inaugural Pastoral Week Booklet. Click here to download
Inaugural pastoral communities in the peap. Click here to download
Women’s gains from the implementation of the Succession Law in Uganda. Click here to download
Other important ULA publications [Available for reference in the Resource Centre]
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