Govt issues land titles to women occupying customary land

Government starts issuing land titles to women in areas with customary land so as improve access to land for women.

State minister for lands Persis Namuganza says they have started with Nwoya and Padel district in the Acholi Sub region with close to 200 land titles given to women in Padel district alone.

Giving a key note address during the first National Women in Agriculture Conference at Hotel Africana, Namuganza said government wants women to be land owners so as to improve their productivity mainly in the agricultural sector and also to uphold land rights.

Speaking at the same event, the National Chairman Eastern and Southern Africa Small holder farmers’ forum Hakim Baliraine says failure for women to own land are some of the major hindrances women in agriculture face hence greatly  to spur the country’s agricultural productivity.

Statistics indicate that more than half of Uganda’s agricultural workforce comprises of women whose other challenges like provision of quality inputs, fertilizers and irrigation among others need to be addressed.

They also want government to implement existing laws and policies to ensure women benefit from agriculture.

Story by

Wycliffe Sebunya

February 12 2019