EDITORIAL

New Land Reform in Nigeria

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Science  14 Aug 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5942, pp. 793
DOI: 10.1126/science.1178058

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In an interview for allafrica.com that was connected to his visit last month to Ghana, U.S. President Obama noted that progress was being made in the rule of law, anti-corruption efforts, and the protection of property rights in Africa. Success in these endeavors requires that Africa faces squarely several fundamental impediments to progress. In doing so, it must access the best available science and technologies not only from the natural sciences and engineering, but also from the social sciences. A critical example that combines all of these elements relates to property rights and land tenure reform, which is an issue at the heart of reducing poverty, promoting wide-ranging development, and ensuring the basic rights of African citizens.