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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

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

OPINION: Solve land rights in Central America to stem U.S. migrant crisis

August 19, 2019

Landesa’s Sr. Research and Evaluation Advisor Gina Alvarado argues that the US should invest in programming that strengthens the land tenure rights of Central American farmers as a sustainable way to stem the current migrant crisis.

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Realizing Land Rights to Deliver for Rural Women

August 14, 2019

The gender gap in land manifests itself in a stark reality – around the world, less than 15% of all landholders are women, despite the fact that women comprise 43% of the agricultural workforce in the developing world.

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August Plotlines: Driving Impact

August 08, 2019

Summer 2019 Impact Report released; Myanmar officials visit Vietnam in Landesa program; Join our events in Portland and San Francisco

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Learning across borders: Myanmar officials visit Vietnam to learn about land law drafting process

August 08, 2019

Twenty Myanmar government officials visited Vietnam and met with government officials, civil society organizations and farmers to learn about the country’s past land reforms and current land law drafting process.

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Field Focus Blog

Forging new partnerships: Companies and CSO’s collaborate to achieve more responsible investments in land

July 22, 2019

Overcoming initial skepticism, Illovo and CSO partners found common ground to collaboratively achieve more responsible investments in land.

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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.