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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.



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Remembering Dr. Tajamul Haque

May 05, 2021

Dr. Tajamul Haque, an agriculture economist and one of India’s foremost land policy experts, passed away on May 2. Landesa joins the development community in India and around the world in mourning.

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Intern Spotlight: Joy Imbuye

May 04, 2021

Joy is interning with Landesa's Africa team, supporting projects related to youth land rights, women’s land rights, and climate change.

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Our Planet, Our Future: Youth as Agents of Climate Action

April 22, 2021

In celebration of Earth Day 2021, co-partners Landesa and Yilaa explore how Africa’s youth are agents of action. Read 4 stories that reflect how youth perceive their role in building a climate secure future, and how rights and access to land can help them fulfill that vision.

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April Plotlines: Land rights matter for people and planet

April 08, 2021

Connecting land rights and climate change; Landesa welcomes 3 new board members; Seed the Change raises $375k+; Meet Li Ping.

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Staff Spotlight: Li Ping

April 07, 2021

Li Ping, China Program Director and Senior Policy Advisor based in Seattle, Washington, began working with Roy Prosterman and Tim Hanstad in 1987.

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Field Focus Blog

Women’s participation in land decision-making bodies in Tanzania: An overview

March 25, 2021

Godfrey Massay highlights some of the international, regional, and national commitments that seek to improve women’s participation in land governing bodies in Tanzania.

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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.