Best in Her Field: India’s Mothers and Farmers
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Supporting the government of Odisha with data-driven solutions to secure land rights for millions of poor rural landless people
To improve implementation of the state’s homestead land distribution program, Landesa designed the Community Resource Person (CRP) model and tested it in a pilot program in 36 villages in Ganjam, Gajapati, and Jagatsinghpur districts. Community Resource Persons are specially trained local youth who receive a small stipend to identify the landless families in their own communities and support government officials to process the families’ claims to the government land on which they currently live and farm. More than 1,000 CRPs have been trained and more than 115,000 landless families have benefited.
In partnership with the Ganjam district administration, Landesa designed a Women’s Land Rights Facilitation Center and piloted it in one tehsil (sub-district). The program relies on government Anganwadi workers (child and mother health workers) to identify single, landless rural women, such as widows and abandoned women, and help them receive land, training, job cards, and other government services.
Landesa and SIMLab (formerly Frontline SMS), in partnership with Google.org, are using mobile technology to help expedite applications for land and monitor the land titling process. This project harnesses the comparative efficiency of mobile technologies to help vulnerable families gain legal control over their homes and homestead land.
Landesa began its partnership with the state government of Odisha in 2009.