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

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Staff Spotlight: Cedar Louis

January 12, 2021

Read a short interview with Cedar Louis, a Senior Research, Evaluation and Learning Specialist based in Seattle, Washington.

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Field Focus Blog

Global Land Risks and Opportunities in Corporate Supply Chains

January 11, 2021

Land-related risks are vastly underappreciated by corporate and environmental attorneys representing clients around the globe. This article seeks to raise the profile of land issues so that attorneys can better advise clients who might unwittingly trip into significant legal, financial, and operational peril by not fully appreciating how land risks lurk in supply chains and operations.

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Field Focus Blog

OPINION: Why governments should strengthen land rights for women and youth

December 10, 2020

To mark International Human Rights Day, Landesa's Tizai Mauto and women's land rights & gender expert Grace Ananda explore a few of the most pernicious inequalities to surface from the COVID-19 pandemic, and a common challenge they share: insecure rights to land.

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December Plotlines: 3 short stories on the safety net of land

December 10, 2020

Secure land rights create safety in crises; 'Women, land, and data' by Tim Hanstad; Meet Constance Teage.

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Staff Spotlight: Constance Teage

December 09, 2020

Read a short interview with Constance Teage, Landesa Gender and Land Tenure Specialist based in Monrovia, Liberia.

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Field Focus Blog

Gender Equality: Women, Land, and Data

November 25, 2020

Closing a data gap may seem technocratic and boring. But the social and economic empowerment prospects of more than one billion largely poor women who lack secure, legal land and property rights hinges on the success of these efforts.

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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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