What We DoLandesa in Sub-Saharan Africa


Landesa targets one of the root causes of poverty and insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa: insecure and inequitable land tenure. We partner with African governments and civil society organizations, as well as regional organizations, to address insufficient recognition and protection of rural peoples’ land rights, women’s lack of control over assets, weak land management and conflict resolution institutions, and gaps and contradictions between customary and formal law.


What's New

New landscape, new approaches: Adapting to COVID-19

April 09, 2020

New landscapes require new approaches. Read about the steps Landesa is taking to protect the health and wellbeing of our employees and their communities, and to ensure our vital work continues.

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New Fact Sheet: Youth Land Rights in Africa

February 12, 2020

Explore how landlessness and land tenure insecurity among Africa's youth hamper innovations and uptake of technology in the agriculture sector and limit youth economic empowerment.

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Field Focus Blog

Realizing Land Rights to Deliver for Rural Women

August 14, 2019

The gender gap in land manifests itself in a stark reality – around the world, less than 15% of all landholders are women, despite the fact that women comprise 43% of the agricultural workforce in the developing world.

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