Because youth constitute the majority of the population across Africa, investing in youth access to land is recognized as a key strategy for both economic and agricultural development. A number of countries have embraced this strategy, with Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania among others advancing efforts to improve youth land rights.
A new court ruling in India expands the scope of a daughter's right to inherit land, but the bigger picture remains one of stark gender disparities in land rights.
Securing land rights for women digs down to the root of gender inequality; radically, quietly uprooting it, overturning it, elevating women toward equal legal personhood at household, community and societal levels.
For national governments pursuing their climate commitments, securing land tenure for their rural populations would lay the foundation for effective, sustainable climate action.
In Tanzania, closing the land policy implementation gap is the key to unlocking women's potential in agriculture.
Beth Roberts explores why land is central to the themes of Rural Women’s Day (Oct. 15), World Food Day (Oct. 16) and the Day for the Eradication of Poverty (Oct. 17), along with an update on recent activities under the Stand For Her Land campaign.