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.
An Op-ed by Landesa Founder Roy Prosterman and Gao Yu, Landesa’s China Country Director, ran in the South China Morning Post and argues for laws to be strengthened around land rights for poor farmers in China. The article is about the need to strengthen land rights to protect farmers in China.
An article in The China Daily states the case that if farmers are not protected from commercial land acquisitions that undermine their land rights, it will continue to create social instability and disrupt agricultural productivity. The article reports on the findings of Landesa’s land rights survey of 17 provinces in China. To read the article,
Calum MacLeod reports in USA Today on the rise of rural land takings, first reported in Landesa’s survey across 17 provinces in China. The article draws from the survey’s key findings and quotes Landesa’s senior attorney in China, Li Ping. To read this article that spotlights farmers in the line of fire, and Chinese agriculture at a crossroads,
A fact sheet on commercial land acquisitions around the world outlining the historical context, facts, misconceptions, risks, benefits, recommendations for investors, and resources for further reading.
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