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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Balancing Protection for China’s Forests and the Livelihoods of Surrounding Communities

By Yu Gao and Michael Lufkin Amid all the coverage of the Communist Party’s third plenum last November, one important statement seems to have been overlooked: the Central Committee’s assertion on the need to improve compensation to farmers affected by …
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What ‘Downton Abbey’ can teach us about women and inheritance

As fans of Downton Abbey know, women’s lack of inheritance rights have brought down dynasties, impelled marriages, and divided families. What may surprise Abbey fans is that women’s inheritance rights are not only a concern for those with fine silver, snuff box …
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Mandela’s Legacy of Land Rights

When Nelson Mandela assumed the presidency of South Africa almost 20 years ago, he recognized that the country could not prosper without ensuring that land rights were broadly distributed. The architects of apartheid knew well that land in a rural …
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The High Cost of Migration in China

Over the last three decades, more than 260 million rural residents of China have moved to the cities in one of the largest migrations in human history. Most have moved to cities because they cannot afford not to. For all …
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A Dark Day for Kenyan Women: Why Kenya Must Not Pass its Revised Marriage Property Bill

Three years ago, the world cheered when parliamentarians drafted, and voters approved, provisions in the country’s new constitution to guarantee women equal access to and control over land. The move was based on the understanding that about half of the …
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Roy Prosterman

Four Proven Innovations to Provide Secure Land Rights

The following blog is taken from the remarks of Landesa Founder Roy Prosterman made today before the European Parliament’s High-Level Conference on Property Rights: The Missing Key to Eradicating Poverty. When we are dealing with complicated, stubborn and large-scale problems, …
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Omaira Bolaños

Commentary Series, Part IX: Forest Tenure Security for Long Term Security against Deforestation

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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Kumar Navulur

Commentary Series, Part VIII: Satellite Technology and Innovation Can be Used to Secure Land and Property 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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