Securing Tenure for Sustainable Livelihoods: A Case of Women Land Ownership in Anglophone Cameroon
Land Consultative Board
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AbstractThe majority of women in Third World countries depend on land for their livelihood.
Security of tenure is important for them to ensure sustainable development, especially in
rural areas. In most parts of Africa, land ownership is affected by traditional values,
inheritance rights, and government influence. These forces have provided varying types of
tenure which are detrimental to the women in rural and urban areas. Land acquisition and its
development has been an emotive issue due to traditional pressures and the law as regards
the process of land certification. The government and traditional administrations are highly
involved in the way women own land and subsequently develop it in Anglophone Cameroon.
State authority over land acquisition is important, but the process for obtaining land title is
herculean especially for the rural woman. This study illustrates that land acquisition and
development by women constitute a problem because of traditional pressures and the law
guiding the process of land certification. There is need to exhume the barriers of
government’s legal instrument (The Land Consultative Board) that regulates the ownership
of land and to revisit some traditional practices as regards land ownership that impact
negatively on women in a changing and globalizing world. A compromise approach is
advocated for land acquisition that can transcend traditional barriers as well as render the
process of land registration more realistic especially for women.