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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

EXPLORE

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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Skoll World Forum Virtual Panel on March 31

March 24, 2020

Online Panel on Securing Land Rights to Unlock the Potential of Smallholder Farmers taking place March 31st at 3PM GMT / 11AM EDT. Register for the virtual panel here.

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Seed the Change 2020 canceled

March 05, 2020

In light of ongoing concerns about the threat to public health posed by the coronavirus, Landesa has made the difficult decision to cancel its Seed the Change Gala. While we look forward every year to gathering with our community to celebrate the work of Landesa, the health and safety of our supporters, staff, and the general public is our priority.

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Field Focus Blog

In Myanmar, a Land Rights Program is Accelerating Gender Equality, Growing Rural Incomes, and Preserving Forests

February 26, 2020

What if we could alleviate rural poverty, strengthen women’s rights, and help turn the tide against climate change, all at once? In Myanmar, a program to secure land rights for the country’s forest-dwelling communities is helping villages make progress toward all three.

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New Fact Sheet: Youth Land Rights in Africa

February 12, 2020

Explore how landlessness and land tenure insecurity among Africa's youth hamper innovations and uptake of technology in the agriculture sector and limit youth economic empowerment.

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February Plotlines: Realizing Dreams

February 05, 2020

Women's land rights on stage at TEDx; Blogs on climate change and women farmers; Seed the Change on March 12

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Land Rights at the Root of Change – Landesa’s 2019 Annual Report

January 06, 2020

Last year, Landesa helped more than 500 million people realize stronger land rights.

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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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