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

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

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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Rituals of marriage create untold suffering for millions of widows in India

November 22, 2020

The ideal of a married woman decorated with sindoor, sakha, and bichiya is romanticized through legend and folklore; steeped in this culture, women themselves see value in these rituals. Millions of women in India do not even imagine that these discriminatory and patriarchal rituals are not supernaturally ordained and blind them to the reality that the revered status given to suhagins causes untold suffering to any woman (widow) who does not fit the ideal.

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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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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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PLANT SEEDS OF HOPE

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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