Landesa is conducting groundbreaking research on the impact of China’s forest land reform […]
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.
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.”
The Council for Social Development and The Rural Development Institute, New Delhi organised a national seminar on Land Policies for Accelerated and Balanced Rural Development on November 9-10, 2010.
The World Bank is turning to Landesa’s unique expertise to provide research and analysis on improving efficiency and equity of land use and rural-urban integration.
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.
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.
Landesa continues to provide high level briefings to our colleagues engaged in policy issues from China. Landesa founder Roy Prosterman and Landesa attorney Zhu Keliang presented at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. and at the Asia Society in New York on the status of land rights in China.
University of Washington Law School honored Landesa founder Roy Prosterman, at a special ceremony yesterday. Kellye Testy, dean of the UW school of law and Bill Gates, Sr. praised Prosterman’s leadership and spoke about his legacy of demonstrating how law can and should be used as a tool to battle global poverty.
An ambitious new campaign aims to bring land rights, stability, security, and opportunity to 43,000 poor and landless women and their families in the State of Andhra Pradesh, India. Training hundreds of paralegals to help thousands of women gain control over their land.