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The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) was commissioned by Solidaridad, in partnership with Marks & Spencer, to understand the unmet needs of cocoa growing communities in Ghana, ideate new SME service concepts and develop high-level business models.

This study explores the impact of changes in land tenure institutions on women’s land rights and the efficiency of tree resource management in Western Ghana. We find that customary land tenure institutions have evolved toward individualized systems to provide incentives to invest in tree...

This study attempts to analyze changing patterns of land transfers and schooling investments by gender over three generations in customary land areas of Ghanas Western Region. Although traditional matrilineal inheritance rules deny landownership rights to women, women have increasingly acquired...

Cultivating cocoa provides women in Ghana with economic security and a more secure way to gain rights to land. Under the traditional land rights system, land can be given to an individual who helps with tree planting. Women frequently help their husbands plant cocoa trees, and they can be given...

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