Securing land rights for the world’s poorest people


Landesa champions and works to secure land rights for millions of the world’s poorest women and men to provide opportunity and promote social justice.


We envision a world free of poverty.  We are committed to a future in which all women and men who depend on land for their livelihoods have secure, legal land rights – one of the most powerful tools for lifting oneself, one’s family and one’s community out of poverty.


Three-quarters of the world’s poorest people live in rural areas where land is a key asset.

Of those people, more than a billion lack legal rights over the land they use to survive, causing entrenched poverty cycles to persist over generations.

Efforts to help one landless family at a time are important. But Landesa works to advance durable land rights to bring transformational changes on a large scale. Secure land rights help create stable foundation for other important development work – like literacy, clean water, and nutrition – to take hold for generations.

>> View our infographic explaining why land rights matter


Landesa works with governments and other local organizations to create tailored approaches to expand land rights to the rural poor. Our work is by invitation, and ranges from short-term assignments to long-term engagements, and involves activities including:

  • initial assessments to identify existing laws, policies and cultural conditions
  • collaborating with public officials to adopt pro land policies
  • assisting in implementation of new laws to benefit landless families
  • monitoring and evaluating impact
For examples of how this approach has come to life in China, India, and Uganda, view our infographic of how we work on specific projects.

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* World Bank, 2012 World Development Indicators 71-72 (2012) (based on 2008 data).