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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

Our Statement on the Situation in Myanmar

February 28, 2021

Landesa is monitoring the ongoing situation in Myanmar, where the military has declared a state of emergency and assumed control of the government.

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2020 Annual Report

February 17, 2021

We are proud to share our 2020 Annual Report with you! This year's report highlights the role of land rights as a safety net, with stories from around the globe demonstrating how land rights have helped families and communities remain resilient during the pandemic.

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February Plotlines: Sharing our stories, impact & gratitude

February 16, 2021

2020 Annual Report released; You're invited to Seed the Change on March 18; A rights-based approach to conservation; Meet Rachel McMonagle.

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Field Focus Blog

Global Action on Land Degradation Offers a Win-Win Solution for People and the Planet

February 15, 2021

Land degradation neutrality is daunting, but not impossible. And often the solutions are simple, even if the implementation is challenging: protect forests and land, and the people stewarding them.

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Staff Spotlight: Rachel McMonagle

February 12, 2021

Read a short interview with Rachel McMonagle, Landesa's Climate Change and Land Tenure Specialist.

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Join us at Seed the Change on March 18

February 11, 2021

Please join us at Seed the Change, Landesa’s virtual gala! This year's program will focus on the growing importance of Landesa’s climate justice work, including a keynote address from former US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. Gather with other land rights champions from the comfort of your home. Tickets are now available for purchase.

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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.