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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.



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.



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.



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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Remembering Bill Gates, Sr.

September 16, 2020

In Bill Gates, Sr., the world found an unparalleled advocate in the struggle for equality, justice, and prosperity for all.

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Listen Now: Advancing Gender Equality – Women, Land & the SDGs

September 10, 2020

In this podcast, experts from Gates Foundation, Kenya Land Alliance, Chandler Foundation & more explore how strengthening women’s land rights can advance gender equality, fulfill the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals, and create a more prosperous and peaceful world for all.

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Intern Spotlight: Itael Kimaro

September 09, 2020

Learn more about Itael Kimaro's work and lessons learned while interning with Landesa’s team in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania this summer.

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Expert Discussion: Women, Land and the SDGs

September 04, 2020

Expert discussion will examine barriers to women’s land rights and discuss strategies for policymakers, advocates, and governments to create opportunities for women’s economic and social empowerment.

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International Day of Indigenous People: Land Rights and Biodiversity Conservation

August 22, 2020

Legal recognition of land rights is a necessary basis for successful biodiversity conservation and restoration. To be effective, the process must include rural land users, with attention to intersecting vulnerabilities faced by women, youth, and other marginalized groups.

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With a historic legal decision, India marks progress toward equal inheritance rights for daughters

August 21, 2020

The Supreme Court of India recently ruled that daughters shall enjoy equal rights to inherit family land – an overdue and welcome shift toward greater equality for India’s women. The Court’s decision provided much-needed clarity on the scope of rights provided to daughters through the 2005 Hindu Succession Amendment Act.

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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.