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Call-in TV Program Educates Public on Land Rights

While the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is famed for producing many of the stars who power technology firms from Bangalore to Silicon Valley, the state’s rural areas are still struggling to move forward in part because of insecure rights to land. Roughly half of property owners in the state – that’s tens of millions of families – can’t make full use of their land because they have clouded ownership. A television program launched earlier this year aims to address this problem.

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CEO Reporting from Karnataka

This afternoon I was in the field interviewing women participants of the “My Land My Garden” program in Karnataka state. A woman named Gowri who, when I asked her whether receiving the land in her name has made any difference in her life, stood up and said with a confident smile, “Before I was nothing. Now I am a hero.”

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Jolyne Sanjak Named New Chief Program Officer

Dr. Jolyne Sanjak, a managing director at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, is joining Landesa as chief program officer on July 20. She is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on how broad, secure land rights can spark sustainable economic development for individuals, families and communities. Dr. Sanjak brings some 25 years of technical and managerial experience to the organization.

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New Issue Brief: Is Bigger Better?

Developing countries are moving toward corporate farming as a way to boost production and jump-start agricultural development. But the basis of their strategy, the assumption that bigger farms are better farms, is one of the most enduring myths influencing agricultural development policy around the world.

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