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Effects of Land Tenure and Property Rights on Farm Households’ Willingness to Accept Incentives to Invest in Measures to Combat Land Degradation in Nigeria

  • Adebayo Musediku Shittu, Mojisola Olanike Kehinde, Maria Gbemisola Ogunnaike and Funminiyi Peter Oyawole

Abstract

Influence of land tenure and property rights (LTPRs) on farmers’ willingness to accept (WTA) incentives to embrace climate-smart agriculture (CSA) to combat land degradation was examined with choice experiment data collected from 1,138 farmers drawn across 16 States in Nigeria. Data analysis within random-effect and mixed logit framework revealed the existence of strong linkages between the payment vehicle, LTPRs and farmers’ CSA preferences. While farmers who were dependent on leased and/or communal lands expressed implicit dislike for CSA-related investments, the majority with freehold titles, particularly those with registered titles, expressed positive WTA incentives to embrace CSA and combat land degradation.

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Correspondence: Adebayo Musediku Shittu Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm ManagementFederal University of AgricultureAbeokuta ■ P.M.B. 2240Abeokuta ■ Ogun StateNigeria. Phone: +2348058871650, Email: shittuam@funaab.edu.ng

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