Instances of gender inequalities and social exclusions abound in land based investments in Ghanaian communities, Executive Director for COLANDEF, Nana Ama Yirrah has said.
According to her, COLANDEF has observed a growing phenomenon of neglect to the consequences of some large scale land acquisition for investment on the livelihood of communities from which those parcels of lands are taken. She noted the situation often result into dissatisfaction and conflicts within communities, and or the investors.
“We’ve realised that there is an increase in land scale land acquisitions for investments. Across the ten regions, where ever you go, we have instances where investors have acquired large areas for various types of investments but as these investments are done, we realised that there are so many issues that come within the communities which are not dealt with. So you have an investor who is very happy with the land they have acquired and you have a community which is so much aggrieved because their consent and interest have not been taken into consideration”, she elaborated.
Nana Ama Yirrah says their investigations revealed that these situations could be attributed to certain deficiencies in our land governance systems, stressing “it is not structure in a manner capable of taking into account and dealing with the impact of large scale land acquisition”. She mentioned that their organization is embarking on a project dubbed “Achieving Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in Land Based Investment in Ghana”, to unpack issues associated with large scale land acquisition in the country, as well as propose strategies in dealing with them.
She emphasized that three guide books will be developed to streamline processes and approaches in dealing with land acquisition and investments, as well as potential impact to the society.
“We have put together three guide books that provides step by step approach in dealing with acquisition of land for investment and how to manage the investment after that, so that it takes account not only of the benefits of investment in terms of money but also it addresses a number of social issues on the ground”, she indicated.
She explained further that ” the guide books have steps for the pre-acquisition stage, acquisition stage and the post-acquisition stage for any large scale land acquisition” She adds that these books will inform stakeholders on what to do when it comes to dealings or negotiations for large scale land acquisitions.
Nana Ama Yirrah made this disclosure at the sidelines of a project inception workshop held in Takoradi last Friday.