THE GREATEST PREDICTOR OF POVERTY IN INDIA IS LANDLESSNESS
In rural India, an estimated eighteen million families are both poor and landless. Scores of millions more have no secure legal rights to the land they currently occupy.
This land tenure insecurity traps women, men, and entire communities in extreme poverty, restricts India’s economic growth, and sparks conflict.
When women and men gain secure rights to land, they can begin investing in their land to improve their harvests and their lives. Further, land rights in India act as a gateway right. When women and men gain secure rights to land, they can access a host of government services from work and nutrition programs to agricultural extension services. Furthermore, our government partners can begin providing services such as access to water, electricity, and sanitation to communities once they have legal status.
LANDESA’S WORK ACROSS INDIA FOCUSES ON FIVE CRITICAL THEMES
- Develop innovative policies and programs that provide homestead and farmland for rural landless
- Strengthen women and girls’ land rights
- Increase land tenure security through legal aid
- Reform laws and policies to provide legal recognition of farm land leasing for the rural poor.
- Landesa has been working with progressive Indian state government officials and Central government leaders to develop and implement innovative and practical programs to address land tenure insecurity and the poverty it drives since 2000.
Landesa partners with the state and national governments and organizations to help poor, rural women and men gain secure rights to land and the opportunity to build a better future.
EXPLORE OUR WORK BY STATE:
Why Land Matters in India:
- More than 680,000 families are now landowners
- Five states have launched homestead allocation pilot programs with Landesa’s assistance.
- Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have implemented land leasing reforms to help the poor gain secure access to land they can farm.
- Governments of West Bengal, Odisha, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh are implementing programs to strengthen women and girls’ rights to land.
- Government of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana have implemented legal education and legal aid programs.