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

LAND RIGHTS

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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

What's New

July Plotlines: Effective solutions to climate injustice & gender inequality

July 15, 2021

Closing the land rights gender gap post-COVID; Welcoming Dr. Margaret Rugadya; Meet Dr. S B Lokesh.

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Staff Spotlight: S B Lokesh

July 14, 2021

Learn more about Dr. S B Lokesh, Landesa's Karnataka State Director based in Bangalore, India. He has been working with Landesa since 2001.

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Field Focus Blog

Securing Land Rights for Indigenous Peoples & Rural Communities Can Activate Critical Change Agents in the Fight Against Climate Change

June 29, 2021

Although Indigenous and rural communities are vital to the fight against climate change, in many countries these populations struggle to obtain formal rights over their land. Securing land rights for rightful landholders addresses poverty and climate change together.

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Field Focus Blog

The Road to Resilience in a Post-COVID World: Stronger Land Rights for Women

June 18, 2021

Gender-responsive land tenure and property rights interventions can be an important catalyst in bringing the kind of revolutionary change necessary to correct the existing bias against women and girls, and forge more resilient societies in a post-pandemic world.

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June Plotlines: Watch new animated short film on climate justice

June 10, 2021

The link between climate change, land rights, and justice for rural and Indigenous communities; Diana Fletschner assumes CPO role; Program snapshot from Tanzania (pictured above).

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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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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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