86,500 formerly poor landless families in Karnataka have already become landowners by the newly introduced programs. Women’s names appear on all land titles distributed through the government programs.
Landesa’s current initiatives
- Landesa is studying the impact and performance of the state’s old (Namma Bhoomi Namma Thota, NBNT) homestead program, with the objective of improving and restarting the homestead program (NBNT). Landesa had helped design and implement NBNT in partnership with the state government. The program provided 25,000 landless women and their families with title to small plots of land. The land titles included only the woman’s name.
- Landesa’s pilot project, in partnership with the State Housing Department, allows landless women and their families who have obtained a small plot of land about the size of a tennis court through the state’s NBNT program, to obtain funds from the national government’s housing program (IAY) to build a small home on that land. Under the ‘convergence’ of these two programs, more than 50 families have been benefitted. Landesa is now aiming to scale this up. Through each of the programs (NBNT and IAY), more than 61,500 rural landless women and their families have benefited.
- Landesa is conducting research to study the status, structure and impact of land leasing in Karnataka
- Landesa is working to build the capacity of state government officials.
Landesa began work in Karnataka in 2000, with research and advocacy work on land related issues, such as; homestead plots, tenancy, land leasing, land governance, nutrition, and women’s land rights. Landesa partnered with the state government and helped them design the NBNT homestead plot allocation program. Landesa is now studying the impact and performance of the NBNT program with an eye towards improving and reviving the program. Landesa is also encouraging the state housing department to distribute larger homestead plots under IAY homestead plot program.
Karnataka has more than 60 million residents. Landless agricultural laborers constitute the majority of the population in rural Karnataka.