Share Contracts in the Oil Palm and Citrus Belt of Ghana
The report examines the importance of different arrangements for gaining access to land for farmers in southern Ghana. Share contracts are common, having stemmed from gold mining, fishing and timber into plantation crops, such as cocoa, oil palm and citrus. Research in one settlement found share contracts represented the dominant means by which people negotiate access to land. Such share contracts have evolved over time, to accommodate changing availability of land and labour, and the emergence of new crop opportunities. They must also be understood in the light of major changes in social relations within the family and larger kin group.This paper forms part of a broader programme of research work undertaken jointly by the UK and French governments on Land Tenure and Resource Access in West Africa.