Monthly Archives: September 2012

The key to peace and security is right under our feet: Land

Across India, where I live and work, I can clearly see the connection between land rights and peace and security. With respect to personal safety and security: 12 percent of all murders here are related to conflicts over land. On …
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Micro-plots: A Foundation for Development

By Sanjoy Patnaik Most of the world’s poor share two traits: they rely on agriculture to survive, but they don’t own or have legal control over the land they till. Across India, there are tens of millions of families who …
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Growing a Greener Planet: The Connection Between Conservation and Landownership

By: Pinaki Halder, Landesa West Bengal State Director  The planting of a tree has long been understood as an act of faith in and hope for the future. But it is also a mark of ownership—an investment in the land. …
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Connecting the Dots between Nutrition and Land Rights

By: Dr. S.B. Lokesh, Landesa India state director of Karnataka Karnataka, India–It is a little known fact that the best predictor of poverty in my country is not low caste or illiteracy. The best predictor of poverty is in fact landlessness. …
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Getting ALL Children Back to School

As my three daughters sharpen pencils, don their backpacks, and head back to school, it pains me to remember that far too many primary school aged children — an estimated 67 million worldwide — will never enroll in school. These …
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