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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.



Field Focus Blog

Their land, our future: To arrest the climate crisis, we need a democratic overhaul

December 02, 2019

Both the climate crisis and inequality require a democratic overhaul. Governments globally should start by turning over legal control of land and natural resources to local communities and indigenous land users. Their rights are key to survival for all of us.

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Landesa at COP25

December 02, 2019

Learn more about Landesa's work at COP25, the United Nations Climate Change Conference taking place in Madrid, and explore resources on land rights and climate change.

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Landesa advocates for land rights before UN Committee

October 22, 2019

Last week, Landesa's Beth Roberts spoke before the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights about land as a human right.

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Why Women Farmers Deserve the Right to Identity

October 17, 2019

On the 2019 International Day of Rural Women, Landesa’s Shipra Deo explores how land rights are an essential element for overturning misperceptions about the role of women in society and on the farm.

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Women Help Feed the World. Why Can’t They Own Land?

October 15, 2019

In rural areas worldwide, the land rights gender gap still prevents millions of women from accessing the same resources & opportunities as men. This International Day of Rural Women, join us to shift the balance of power & promote a more gender equal world.

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October Plotlines: Land and climate change

October 08, 2019

New blog from Landesa CEO Chris Jochnick; Climate change event recap; Fall Speaker Series in Seattle; Employee Spotlight on Shipra Deo.

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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.