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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

November 19 Panel: Landesa and Amplio leverage technology for legal empowerment

November 19, 2020

Watch Landesa and Amplio's exciting discussion about their new partnership in Liberia and the role of technology in spreading the word about Liberia’s Land Rights Law.

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Field Focus Blog

Could youth land rights hold the key to transforming agriculture and stimulating economic development in Africa?

November 17, 2020

From Liberia to Zimbabwe and Benin to Tanzania, advocates, legal experts and members of civil society are dismantling barriers that young women and men face in accessing land, helping to build a new generation of farmers across the continent. To learn more about this important work, join co-hosts Landesa and Yilaa Friday, Nov. 20, from 1-3pm West African Time (7 – 9 am EST) for an expert discussion.

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November Plotlines: Introducing the Impact Dashboard

November 17, 2020

A new way to visualize our impact; Upcoming expert panel on November 19; Youth land rights in Africa; Meet Sudipta Biswas.

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Staff Spotlight: Sudipta Biswas

November 10, 2020

Learn more about Sudipta Biswas, Landesa Program Manager based in our Kolkata, India office.

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Field Focus Blog

Why Securing Youth Land Rights Matter for Agriculture-Led Growth in Africa

November 05, 2020

Access to land is both a critical component and a fundamental barrier to productive youth engagement in agriculture. If properly harnessed, Africa’s nearly 420 million youth—including more than 200 million who reside in rural areas—will be the continent’s greatest asset and its engine to grow agricultural productivity and food security while reducing poverty.

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Field Focus Blog

The name game: How women get erased in rural India

October 15, 2020

On International Day of Rural Women, Shipra Deo shares stories from her work in rural India about the power of names — how they contribute to a person’s identity, affect the right to vote, and even uphold patriarchy.

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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.