Landesa supports a micro-land ownership program for India’s landless agricultural laborers that strives to reduce poverty through improved homestead development in the state of West Bengal, India.
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The Chinese central government has consistently taken decisive legal and policy measures over the past 35 years to secure, enhance, and expand farmers’ rights to farmland and forest land in order to reduce the gap in income and consumption between urban citizens and their counterparts in mountainous forest areas. While encouraging development of a forest land rights market to facilitate market allocation of resources, these legal rules and policy directives have particularly emphasized protecting farmers’ forest land rights and their property interests when such land rights are subject to acquisition by powerful enterprises.
This report analyses Ghana’s Land Bill, Draft 3, and provides recommendations for how the Bill could more clearly and adequately accomplish its stated purpose and reflect the principles and mandates of the Constitution and National Land Policy.
December 2013 — This memo presents implementation guidelines for a land tenure risk […]
This article presents the results from Greater Than Leadership program for Inclusive and Informed Land Administration in the Western Balkans, aiming to build capacity to generate gender disaggregated reports and use them for evidence based policy making.
In Rwanda women’s involvement in land-related decisions at the household level varies considerably depending on their marital status, their age, their husbands’ knowledge of women’s rights to land, and community-level perceptions of the extent to which women’s land rights are mediated by their husbands and kin.
This investigation is one of the first to explicitly use the Gender, Agriculture, and Assets Project framework to gain additional insights on how gender–asset dynamics relate to household livelihood strategies.
Past studies have shown that women’s land ownership in India can have multiplier impacts on women’s social status, reduction of violence on women, familial gender equity and increase in productivity. Inheritance is the overwhelming way land is acquired in India, but societal practices exclude women from inheriting land
Though there is no one-size-fits-all approach that will guarantee that women’s rights are secure, or that will equalize imbalances in access, use, and control over land, this paper presents an analytical framework that starts with women, and posits that this starting point is a necessary first step towards correcting imbalances.
In southern China, large-scale land acquisition by multinational companies coupled with local government’s desire for international investment tends to weaken farmers’ tenure security, reduce rule of law in the countryside, and threaten the livelihoods of farmers who depend on land for their living.