Commentary Series, Part V: Context is Crucial for Impacting Land Rights

This post is part of a series developed by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Landesa to highlight the importance of securing land rights for smallholder farmers. This series is running concurrently with the World Bank’s 2014 Land and Poverty Conference taking place in Washington, …
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Commentary Series, Part IV: The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure and Large-Scale, Land-Based Agricultural Investment

This post is part of a series developed by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Landesa to highlight the importance of securing land rights for smallholder farmers. This series is running concurrently with the World Bank’s 2014 Land and Poverty Conference taking place in Washington, …
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Commentary Series, Part III: Property Rights for Every Woman and Man

This post is part of a series developed by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Landesa to highlight the importance of securing land rights for smallholder farmers. This series is running concurrently with the World Bank’s 2014 Land and …
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Commentary Series, Part II: This Land is Our Land

This post is part of a series developed by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Landesa to highlight the importance of securing land rights for smallholder farmers. This series is running concurrently with the World Bank’s 2014 Land and …
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Commentary Series, Part I: Measuring Global Goals in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

This post is part of a series developed by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Landesa to highlight the importance of securing land rights for smallholder farmers. This series is running concurrently with the World Bank’s 2014 Land and …
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After My Garden Grows: Short Documentary Film

“After My Garden Grows” About the Film and the Girls Project After My Garden Grows is a new short documentary about Monika, one of 40,000 rural Indian girls participating in the Girls Project, a partnership between the government of West Bengal …
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Cultural Barriers in India Impede Women’s Legal Right to Inherit Land

By Ashok Sircar and Diana Fletschner As their husbands, fathers, and brothers migrate to cities in search of work, women across India have become the backbone of the country’s agricultural sector.  Today,  after decades of male urban migration, nearly 80 …
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What Vietnam’s New Land Law Means for the Country and its Farmers

Since our initial work on land tenure reform took place in what was then South Vietnam – accompanied by a 30% increase in rice yields and an 80% decline in Vietcong recruitment within the South – we have continued to …
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Sowing it Forward

This week, 55,339 destitute families across West Bengal will receive legal title to a micro-plot of land. The state of West Bengal, in partnership with Landesa, has been on the forefront of addressing extreme rural poverty through providing poor landless, …
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Landesa’s Telangana Land Caravan | Daily Photo Journal

February 18, 2014 — News Update: Indian Parliament Voting to Create New State of Telangana On Tuesday, the Lower House of the Indian Parliament passed the bill to form the new state of Telangana in India. The Upper House is …
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Tim Hanstad

A New Chapter

During my 27 years at Landesa, including the last ten as CEO and President, I’ve had the privilege of seeing both Landesa and the issue of land rights grow in prominence. A quarter century ago, few people were talking about …
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Roy Prosterman

10 Lessons Learned on the Impact of Secure Land Rights

Got land rights? If you live in North America or Europe, the answer is probably: yes. If you live in the developing world, the answer is more likely: no. Your answer to this simple question largely determines your ability to …
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Jen Duncan

Secure Land Rights for Rwanda’s Women are Critical for Families and the Nation

A recent report from Rwanda’s Department of Land and Mapping found that women, either individually or jointly, own most of the registered plots of land in the capital, Kigali. The Deputy Registrar of Land, Grace Nishimwe, was quoted by local …
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