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Around the world, people experiencing poverty often 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 offer the tools to help people lift themselves out of poverty. 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.



Landesa partners with progressive governments and civil society to develop pro-poor and gender-sensitive laws, policies, and programs that strengthen land rights for people experiencing extreme poverty. 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.


Strong, legal rights to land can provide people in rural areas 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.


In an era defined by concerns over food security, environmental sustainability, stubborn cycles of poverty, and conflict over land, strong land rights are critical. Landesa champions the power of land rights for people and communities in rural areas as a fundamental building block for a safer and more prosperous future. Join the global land rights movement—make your gift to Landesa today.



Gender and Land Tenure Workshop at COP15

May 14, 2022

This three-part workshop at COP15 aims to increase the capacities of UNCCD National Focal Points and other relevant stakeholders on addressing gender and land tenure related issues in the context of the implementation of the Convention and land degradation neutrality (LDN).

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New Resource: Women and Dirt

May 11, 2022

Land rights for women flips the script of gendered power—it challenges patriarchy at its root, by fundamentally changing women’s economic, social, and political status. And key to climate action, research shows efforts to protect biodiversity and address climate change are more successful when women have strong land rights.

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Nation Leadership Forum: Women’s rights are human rights

May 05, 2022

Stand for Her Land partnered with Nation Media Group to host the Nation Leadership Forum in Kampala, Uganda. The event brought together representatives from government, civil society, and grassroots women to discuss issues of land governance, gender equality, and how women are organizing to break down barriers to land rights in Uganda and across Africa.

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Field Focus Blog

Land-based investment in Tanzania: how simplified legal guides are empowering communities

April 25, 2022

Masalu Luhula discusses how the use of simplified legal guides is helping to empower communities to engage in dialogue and negotiations with government authorities and investors – and to promote socially responsible land-based investment.

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Watch: Landesa’s Chris Jochnick and Shipra Deo on building resilience

April 19, 2022

In partnership with Devex and Hilton Foundation, Chris Jochnick and Shipra Deo discuss how humanitarian organizations can build resilience to address the crises that will emerge in the next years and decades.

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April Plotlines: Accelerating equality + action

April 12, 2022

Landesa receives historic gift from MacKenzie Scott; Stand for Her Land convenes in Africa; Over $300k raised at Seed the Change; We're hiring!

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Land rights are a key that unlocks a world of possibilities, giving rural families hope, opportunity, and the tools to lift themselves out of poverty. Become a partner in this global movement.