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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.


What's New

September Plotlines: Reclaiming rights

September 08, 2022

New blogs on gendered language and reproductive justice; Meet summer intern Melissa Padilla; How to make a planned gift.

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Intern Spotlight: Melissa Padilla

September 07, 2022

Melissa interned with Landesa’s Center for Women’s Land Rights this summer. She supported the Stand for Her Land Campaign and co-authored an article examining the parallels between reproductive rights and women’s land rights.

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Field Focus Blog

The chaos of gendered language and land: A lesson from cricket

August 29, 2022

Land laws in India consistently use masculine pronouns and very often refer to men as the primary or exclusive legal subjects. These linguistic choices often produce social consequences that damage and limit the identity, dignity and equal opportunities for women.

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Field Focus Blog

The Dobbs Decision Reminds Us Feminism Must Be Global and Intersectional

August 23, 2022

Landesa’s Beth Roberts, Gina Alvarado, and Melissa Padilla examine the parallels between reproductive rights, the still-raging fight to affirm equal personhood for women in the United States, and the global movement to advance women’s human rights by securing their rights to land.

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Centering Humanity: Gender and Social Inclusion in International Development (Recorded)

August 18, 2022

Panelists from several NGOs engaged in a moderated discussion on advancing inclusive international development. Learn from their experiences and lessons on using a Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) approach and other frameworks to avoid unintended harm, and ultimately advance equity in the communities in which we work.

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Weathering the storm: Building resilience in the humanitarian sector

August 03, 2022

Alongside fellow Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize recipients, Landesa's Chris Jochnick and Shipra Deo discuss how humanitarian organizations can build resilience to address emerging crises.

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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.