In rural India, women do a majority of the agricultural labor, yet often have no legal right or control to the land they farm. A new study conducted by Landesa India for UN Women set out to discover the barriers to women’s land rights.
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This paper details and assesses National Land Policy development process in Uganda, and in so doing, examines its potential to be the source of lessons for other countries developing politically sensitive policy reforms.
There is a series of strong policy, legal and social reasons to reform the NFPP so that affected farmers and communities are properly compensated.
This report explains how the Andhra Pradesh Licensed Cultivators’ Act has the potential to improve farm productivity as well as the socio-economic condition of farmers. It also recommends legal amendments to improve the effectiveness of the act.
This paper analyzes barriers to distribution of homestead land to rural women in India, a pilot program between the government and Landesa to address some of those barriers, and policy recommendations improve implementation of land distribution.
This paper explains legal education and assistance models in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, which offer practical solutions for resolving land problems and securing land right for the rural poor across India. This report also suggests a systems approach for resolving the land problems of the poor in India.
Based on quantitative insights gained from interviews of 504 women in 19 villages, in two states of India, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar (Landesa & UN Women, 2012), this paper explores the structure of constraints to women’s rights to land.
The paper is part of “The Challenges of Securing Women’s Tenure and Leadership for Forest Management,” published by Rights and Resources Initiative.
“Indigenous women’s land rights: case studies from Africa” is a chapter published by Minority Rights Group in their publication, State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2012. The chapter was written by Elisa Scalise, Director of the Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights, and appears on page 53.
This joint publication by USAID and the Nelson Institute features several case studies including two articles co-authored by Landesa’s land tenure specialist Darryl Vhugen and researcher Jonathan Miner, Threats to Village Land in Tanzania: Implications for REDD+ Benefit-Sharing Arrangements, and Carbon Rights in Mozambique: Harmonizing Land and Forest Laws to Conform with REDD+.