Empowering millions of women and men with a powerful tool they can use to improve their lives:

LAND RIGHTS

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WHY DO LAND RIGHTS MATTER?

Most of the world’s poor share three traits: they live in rural areas, rely on agriculture and forests to survive, and don’t have legal control over the land on which they depend. We can help them escape this poverty trap. Stronger rights to land have the power to reduce poverty and conflict, increase economic activity, empower women, strengthen food security, and improve environmental stewardship — for an individual, a family, a community, and an entire country.

WHO WE ARE

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Landesa partners with progressive governments and civil society to develop pro-poor and gender-sensitive laws, policies, and programs that strengthen land rights for the poorest people. In Africa and Asia, our land rights experts work shoulder to shoulder with government officials, local leaders, and rural residents developing scalable, practical, and innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems – food insecurity, conflict, climate change, women’s lack of empowerment.
WHAT WE DO

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Strong, legal rights to land can provide the rural poor with the opportunity, security, and incentive they need to invest in their land to improve their harvests and their lives. Learn more about the connection between land rights and the most significant challenges of our time, from nutrition to climate change, from inclusive economic development to gender equality.
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In an era defined by concerns over food security, environmental sustainability, stubborn cycles of poverty, and conflict over land, strong land rights for the world’s poorest citizens are critical. Landesa champions the power of land rights for rural women, men, and communities as a fundamental building block for a safer and more prosperous future. Join the global land rights movement—make your gift to Landesa today.
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RECENT NEWS

Field Focus Blog

The Foundation for Women’s Empowerment, Global Food Security and the Eradication of Poverty Is Beneath Our Feet

October 14, 2021

Beth Roberts explores why land is central to the themes of Rural Women’s Day (Oct. 15), World Food Day (Oct. 16) and the Day for the Eradication of Poverty (Oct. 17), along with an update on recent activities under the Stand For Her Land campaign.

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Women lead the way in innovative land services pilot

October 14, 2021

Working alongside women’s community groups, Landesa is bringing gender-sensitive land resources to women in rural West Bengal.

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Fall 2021 Impact Report

October 14, 2021

So far in 2021, Landesa’s programs have strengthened land rights for over 760,000 people. Read more about gender-sensitive land services in India, updates from Myanmar and Cambodia, and additional program highlights in our latest Impact Report.

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Staff Spotlight: Devon O’Neill

October 13, 2021

Learn more about Devon O'Neill, a Program Officer for Landesa's Asia Program based in Seattle, WA. Devon began working for Landesa in 2017.

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Event | Learning with Leaders: Spotlight on China

October 01, 2021

Join CEO Chris Jochnick for a virtual conversation across continents featuring our guest, Annie Chen of the RS Group, and Li Ping, Landesa’s China Program Director, as they discuss the evolution of our land rights work in China and what comes next.

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Webinar: Women’s Land Rights Assessments in sub-Saharan Africa

September 28, 2021

Thursday, Sep. 30th from 3-4:30pm East African Time | 8-9:30am EDT. The webinar will present the research conducted by the Women's Land Rights Practitioner Network, formed by Landesa’s visiting professionals from Africa.

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