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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

Episode 4 | How Women are Succeeding as Commercial Farmers in West Bengal, India

July 26, 2022

In the fourth episode of Responsible Land Investment: A Practitioner’s Podcast, Megan talks with fellow Landesans Shipra Deo and Pinaki Halder about their work to break social norms and support women’s inclusion in the potato supply chain of an international food and beverage company.

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Episode 3 | Smallholder Land Rights and Sustainable Palm Oil in Southern Mexico

July 19, 2022

In the third episode of Responsible Land Investment: A Practitioner’s Podcast, Rosa Zamora shares a story from her work at Proforest supporting farmers in the Tabasco and Chiapas states in southern Mexico to develop their capacities in the sustainability practices needed for RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) smallholder certification.

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Summer 2022 Impact Report

July 14, 2022

In the first quarter of 2022, Landesa’s programs have strengthened land rights for over 850,000 people. Read more about the global women's land rights campaign, a new mangrove and livelihoods protection initiative in Southeast Asia, and additional program highlights in our latest Impact Report.

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Landesa ranks in Top 10 of Social Good Organizations worldwide

July 13, 2022

thedotgood (formerly NGO Advisor) has published its 2022 ranking of the top 200 Social Good Organizations (SGOs) and recognized Landesa among the Top 10 SGOs in the world.

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Episode 2 | Lessons from Land Dispute Mediation in Southern Malawi

July 12, 2022

In the second episode of Responsible Land Investment: A Practitioner’s Podcast, Tawonga Chihana shares a story of her work investigating grievances related to a company’s cotton operation in southern Malawi and how she worked with the affected parties to attempt to mediate the dispute.

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NEW RELEASE | Responsible Land Investment: A Practitioner’s Podcast

July 05, 2022

In this 4-part podcast series, our host Megan Olson, a land tenure specialist at Landesa, sits down with experts from around the world who share real-life wins, challenges, and lessons from their work in making land-based investments more responsible. Episode 1 on Indonesian Palm Oil and the Power of Remediation is out now.

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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.