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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.



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.


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.


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.


What's New

September Plotlines: New research on barriers to women’s land rights

September 15, 2021

New research on tribal women's land rights in Jharkhand; You're invited to our Learning with Leaders virtual event; We're hiring.

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Field Focus Blog

India’s tribal women left behind in progress toward gender equality

September 08, 2021

A discriminatory land governance system coupled with gendered social norms result in violence and oppression of women in Jharkhand, India.

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‘This is not your home’ – Revealing a brutal system of oppression and gender discrimination among India’s Scheduled Tribes 

August 16, 2021

Researchers for a global land rights organization have published a grim assessment of the land and inheritance rights of women living in Scheduled Tribe communities of Jharkhand, India – and how the existing eco-system of laws and cultural practices perpetuate a system of terror and brutality meant to deny women of their land rights.

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Transforming Food Systems | International Youth Day 2021

August 12, 2021

Youth hold enormous potential to incorporate new technologies, build robust agricultural systems, and champion climate action. But to do this, they need secure rights to land—the missing piece in many regions. Explore three selected resources to learn more about the vast potential youth hold to transform our food systems and foster a healthier world.

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July Plotlines: Effective solutions to climate injustice & gender inequality

July 15, 2021

Closing the land rights gender gap post-COVID; Welcoming Dr. Margaret Rugadya; Meet Dr. S B Lokesh.

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Staff Spotlight: S B Lokesh

July 14, 2021

Learn more about Dr. S B Lokesh, Landesa's Karnataka State Director based in Bangalore, India. He has been working with Landesa since 2001.

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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.