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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

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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Four Questions with Shipra Deo

October 08, 2019

We're doing bite-sized interviews with our staff so you can get a better idea of who they are and how they help further our mission. Meet Shipra Deo, our Director of Women's Land Rights based in Uttar Pradesh, India, who has worked with Landesa for four years.

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Field Focus Blog

Strengthening Land Rights Will Curb Migration

September 17, 2019

With the world's food supply under threat and millions already facing climate-driven migration, a land-use revolution is needed. Legal reforms that strengthen rural communities' land rights are essential to providing the leverage and incentive to invest in climate resilience.

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September Plotlines: Documentary Sneak Peek

September 05, 2019

Watch a preview from our upcoming Sundance-funded documentary, read up on land rights for rural women, and learn about upcoming Landesa events.

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Field Focus Blog

Daughters’ inheritance rights in Uttar Pradesh

August 26, 2019

Shipra Deo, Landesa's Women's Land Rights (WLR) Director in India, writes about a new law in Uttar Pradesh that strengthens WLRs, the history of WLRs in the region, and practical steps to continue forward progress.

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Field Focus Blog

What the Climate Crisis Means for Land Rights

August 20, 2019

The climate crisis will reshape our relationships to land around the world. To shift how the world produces food, manages land, and adapts to this crisis, it's imperative that we don't sacrifice the land rights of rural communities who have sustainably maintained their lands for generations.

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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.