What We DoLandesa in Sub-Saharan Africa

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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.

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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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One Company’s Journey to Better Respect Land: Illovo Sugar Africa

July 12, 2019

Land has always been an essential element of business for Illovo Sugar, Africa’s largest producer of sugarcane. But their perspective on land – and how to address land issues across their operations in six sub-Saharan African countries – has shifted over time, thanks in part to Illovo’s participation in Landesa’s Commitment to Practice (C2P) Project.

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