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Around the world, people experiencing poverty often 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 offer the tools to help people lift themselves out of poverty. 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 people experiencing extreme poverty. 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 people in rural areas 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 are critical. Landesa champions the power of land rights for people and communities in rural areas as a fundamental building block for a safer and more prosperous future. Join the global land rights movement—make your gift to Landesa today.


What's New

NEW RELEASE | Responsible Land Investment: A Practitioner’s Podcast

July 05, 2022

In this 4-part podcast series, our host Megan Olson, a land tenure specialist at Landesa, sits down with experts from around the world who share real-life wins, challenges, and lessons from their work in making land-based investments more responsible. Episode 1 on Indonesian Palm Oil and the Power of Remediation is out now.

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E-Learning Course: Achieving Responsible Land-Based Investments for Practitioners

June 28, 2022

New self-paced online course for NGOs, CSOs, researchers, and other practitioners working on issues of land, natural resources, and agriculture to deepen skillsets and explore best practices for responsible investment in land.

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Welcoming New Program Leadership

May 31, 2022

Four staff take on new roles to further strengthen Landesa's work in Africa.

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Towards Responsible Renewable Energy: Launch of Vision and Principles

May 30, 2022

Tune in to our hybrid roundtable event to hear our collective vision for the growth of responsible renewable energy in India and the principles that we will strive to champion. We aim to rapidly reduce carbon emissions in a way that is ecologically safe, respectful of rights, and socially just.

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Gender and Land Tenure Workshop at COP15

May 14, 2022

This three-part workshop at COP15 aims to increase the capacities of UNCCD National Focal Points and other relevant stakeholders on addressing gender and land tenure related issues in the context of the implementation of the Convention and land degradation neutrality (LDN).

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New Resource: Women and Dirt

May 11, 2022

Land rights for women flips the script of gendered power—it challenges patriarchy at its root, by fundamentally changing women’s economic, social, and political status. And key to climate action, research shows efforts to protect biodiversity and address climate change are more successful when women have strong 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.