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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

Summer 2020 Impact Report

August 06, 2020

So far in 2020, Landesa's programs have strengthened land rights for 9.8 million women & men. Read more about land titles in Myanmar, legal aid in Tanzania, and working towards land reform during a pandemic in our latest Impact Report.

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July Plotlines Newsletter

July 15, 2020

Preserving land reform momentum in Myanmar; New podcast and policy brief on land and climate change; Staff Spotlight on Masalu Luhula

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Adapting approaches in Myanmar

July 14, 2020

In Myanmar, Landesa is helping preserve momentum toward reform – both on the land and online – with a series of measures to protect our staff and government partners while keeping vital activities running.

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Staff Spotlight: Masalu Luhula, Land Tenure Specialist

July 13, 2020

"I enjoy working on responsible investment that respects human rights and adheres to international best practices while fitting individual contexts. I also like working to ensure investment puts people at its center."

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We Need Allies to Preserve Forests, Mitigate Climate Change

June 29, 2020

New policy brief details the ways that stronger land rights for people living in rural areas can improve climate mitigation efforts, contribute to the success of Community Forest Groups, encourage adoption of Climate Smart Agriculture, and create opportunities for women to invest in their land.

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Efforts to Halt Desertification and Drought Must Include Women’s Land Rights

June 16, 2020

To mark the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought on June 17, Landesa's Beth Roberts and Shipra Deo had a conversation about the barriers women face to their land rights, and why women must be able to overcome these obstacles to make progress toward global efforts to halt desertification, conserve land, and feed the world.

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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.