Land Use Conflicts and Rights to Farm in an Urbanizing Environment

Oyedele J. B.1,*, Alohan O. E.2 and Edionwe O.2

1 Department of Estate Management, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria
2 Department of Estate Management, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria

*Corresponding Author: joe_christ2001@yahoo.co.uk

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 Vol. 4 No. 1  | March 2020 | Pages 31 – 39

https://doi.org/10.36263/nijest.2020.01.0150

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This study examined agricultural land use conflicts and right to farm in an urbanizing environment. It also examined the implication of urbanization on farming activities. Three sub-urban communities currently undergoing urbanization were selected for the study. Primary and secondary data were collected. Primary data were obtained through the use of questionnaires and interviews. A total of 150 questionnaires were distributed out of which 139 were retrieved and analysed. This represents 92.67% of the total questionnaires distributed. Data collected were analysed using simple frequency distribution table and graphs. The results revealed that land use is gradually shifting from agriculture to residential land use, forcing the farmers to face increase in land value due to high demand for land, difficulty in accessing land for agriculture and land speculation.

Keywords: Urbanization, Urbanizing environment, Land use, Land use conflict, right to farm.

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Oyedele J. B., Alohan O. E. and Edionwe O., 2020. Land Use Conflicts and Rights to Farm in an Urbanizing Environment. Nigerian Journal of Environmental Sciences and Technology, 4(1), pp. 31-39. https://doi.org/10.36263/nijest.2020.01.0150