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WHY DOLAND RIGHTS MATTER?

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.

WHO WE ARE

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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.

WHAT WE DO

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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.

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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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RECENT NEWS

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VIDEO | A Path to Climate Justice

June 05, 2021

Healthier ecosystems can better support the 2.5 billion people worldwide who rely on farmlands, pastures, coasts, and forests for their livelihoods. Secure land rights can empower millions to protect and restore land in their communities, which in turn will promote biodiversity conservation, dynamic carbon storage, and climate-smart agriculture. 

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Welcoming our Chief Program Officer

June 01, 2021

Landesa is pleased to announce that our longtime colleague, organizational leader, and recognized global land rights champion is taking on a new role of Chief Program Officer and will guide our robust land rights programmatic work.

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Field Focus Blog

Securing Women’s Land Rights: Challenges and Solutions

May 22, 2021

Secure land tenure is key to eradicating poverty, increasing agricultural investment and ensuring food security, and is an essential element of climate action and climate resilience. Yet women have far weaker rights to land than men.

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Field Focus Blog

“Land rights are the foundation that enables the realization of all the other Sustainable Development Goals”

May 13, 2021

Iniciativa Tierra y ODS (Land and SDG Initiative) spoke with Diana Fletschner about the land-related SDG commitments, what has been accomplished thus far, and what must be done in order to achieve them by 2030.

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May Plotlines: Prioritizing women’s rights in the renewable energy push

May 07, 2021

SE Asia regional convening; Remembering Dr. Tajamul Haque; Women's land rights and renewable energy; Meet Joy Imbuye.

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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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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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