Legal Issues in Land Acquisition for Agricultural Production in Nigeria


  • Olumuyiwa L. Makinde Department of Management and Accounting, Leadcity University Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Olubunmi O. Alawode Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Rukayat A. Olaoye Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Ibadan, Nigeria



Title Deed, Land Reform, Conservative Theory, Survey Plan, Tenure Security


Land is the nations’ most valuable asset, as it provides sustenance. Legally speaking, land tenure in Nigeria is a complicated web of connections between many organizations that establishes land ownership patterns in connection to various land uses. This study examined the legal issues in land acquisition for agricultural production in Nigeria. Secondary data sourced from books, journals, and the internet were used. Normative legal research techniques were adopted to discuss legal issues in land acquisition, while qualitative content analysis was used to ascertain the level of agricultural production in Nigeria, as well as the relationship between land acquisition and agricultural production in Nigeria. The study’s findings showed that Nigeria's land tenure system supports land partitioning (land fragmentation), which leads to scattered small-scale farming. Tenure rules stipulated in the Nigerian Land Use Act of 1978 hinder agricultural productivity in Nigeria. Additional relevant factors and challenges influencing Nigeria's agricultural production include land tenure insecurity, and political and bureaucratic bottlenecks in the acquisition of land rights for agricultural uses. To ensure improved agricultural productivity, the government should initiate and implement a new land tenure reform that will address the inherent challenges in the current land tenure system.


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How to Cite

Makinde, O. L., Alawode, O. O., & Olaoye, R. A. (2024). Legal Issues in Land Acquisition for Agricultural Production in Nigeria. American Journal of Agricultural Science, Engineering, and Technology, 8(2), 1–9.