Empowering millions of women and men with a powerful tool they can use to improve their lives:

LAND RIGHTS

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WHY DO LAND RIGHTS MATTER?

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.

WHO WE ARE

ENGAGE

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.
WHAT WE DO

EXPLORE

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.
RESOURCES

JOIN

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.
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RECENT NEWS

What's New

January Plotlines: Youth hold the key

January 13, 2022

Unlocking potential through youth land rights; Land and post-COP26 climate action; We're hiring!

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Issue Brief: Youth Land Rights

January 12, 2022

The future belongs to youth. But in many parts of the world, young women and men lack the means and the opportunity to build livelihoods and fully participate in their communities. This is especially true in rural areas, where agriculture is the foundation of the economy, but land rights remain out of reach.

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Field Focus Blog

Securing land rights is key to fulfilling the COP 26 pact

January 10, 2022

For national governments pursuing their climate commitments, securing land tenure for their rural populations would lay the foundation for effective, sustainable climate action.

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Event

Human Rights Day 2021

December 10, 2021

A panel of experts, including Landesa's Beth Roberts, will speak on human rights in connection with the Sustainable Development Goals on gender equality, economic growth, climate action, and peace, justice and strong institutions.

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December Plotlines: Creating pathways for an equal future

December 09, 2021

New blog on girls' inheritance rights in India; Ms. Magazine interviews Landesa leaders; Meet Khadija Mrisho.

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Staff Spotlight: Khadija Mrisho

December 09, 2021

Learn more about Khadija Mrisho, a Land Tenure Analyst for Landesa's Tanzania Program based in Dodoma, Tanzania. Khadija began working for Landesa in 2018.

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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.

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