Institutional Environments for Enabling Agricultural Technology Innovations: The Role of Land Rights in Ethiopia, Ghana, India and Bangladesh

ZEF Working Paper 119

35 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2013

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Manuel Schädler

Free University of Berlin (FUB)

Franz Gatzweiler

Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn

Date Written: October 2013

Abstract

Land rights are essential assets for improving the livelihoods of the rural poor. This literature based paper shed light to some land rights issues that are crucial for the effectiveness and sustainability of implementing technological innovations in marginalized rural areas of Ethiopia, Ghana, India and Bangladesh. By analysing country specific land right regimes, this paper aims to understand what institutional conditions might constitute barriers to the effective implementation of technological innovations and how they might be overcome. Land rights issues considered in this paper include public and private ownership of land in Ethiopia, customary and statutory law in Ghana, and gender equality and land rights in India and Bangladesh. A better understanding of institutional barriers for the effective implementation of technological innovations is a precondition for complementing technological with enabling institutional innovations and for improving priority setting, targeting and sequencing in the implementation of productivity increasing development measures.

Keywords: Marginality, agriculture, technological innovations, institutions, land rights, tenure security, gender equality, customary law

Suggested Citation

Schädler, Manuel and Gatzweiler, Franz, Institutional Environments for Enabling Agricultural Technology Innovations: The Role of Land Rights in Ethiopia, Ghana, India and Bangladesh (October 2013). ZEF Working Paper 119, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2348083 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2348083

Manuel Schädler (Contact Author)

Free University of Berlin (FUB) ( email )

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Berlin, Berlin 14195
Germany

Franz Gatzweiler

Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn ( email )

Walter-Flex-Str. 3
Bonn, 53113
Germany

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