The link between climate change, land rights, and justice for rural and Indigenous communities; Diana Fletschner assumes CPO role.
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A path to climate justice

A still shot from the animated showing three women in three different communities.

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY — Many of the rural and Indigenous communities least responsible for climate change are already suffering most from its effects. Our new short animated film, A Path to Climate Justice, explores how secure land rights can be leveraged to address the climate crisis and empower millions to protect their environment, livelihoods & culture.

Please watch and share with your networks!  


Welcoming our new Chief Program Officer

Headshot of Diana Fletschner, Chief Program Officer

SEATTLE — We are pleased to announce that a longtime colleague, organizational leader, and recognized global land rights champion is taking on a new role on our team. Diana Fletschner, who most recently served as Landesa’s Sr. Director of Research, Evaluation & Learning, has moved into the role of Chief Program Officer and will guide our robust land rights programmatic work. She assumed her new role June 1.

A development economist with more than 25 years of experience teaching, conducting research, designing programs and tools, Diana has fostered the systemic use of evidence in land rights programming and nurtured a culture of learning whereby we proactively seek to identify and share lessons that can benefit the broader land rights community.



Securing Women’s Land Rights: Challenges and Solutions

By Beth Roberts, Director of Landesa's Center for Women’s Land Rights

Woman in Kenya holding harvested crops, with fields and a cloudy sky in the background. Photo credit: Deborah Espinosa, Landesa

Secure land tenure is key to eradicating poverty, increasing agricultural investment and ensuring food security, and is an essential element of climate action and climate resilience. Yet women have far weaker rights to land than men. These disadvantages exist broadly and with few exceptions globally, and are especially limiting to the well-being of women and their families in rural areas, where land is the basis for livelihood, identity, social standing and social security.

In USAID agricultural programming, this question becomes particularly relevant for fulfilling commitments to gender equality and for the success of programs overall. This blog post provides an overview of the challenges to women’s secure land rights, why those challenges matter in the context of agriculture and approaches USAID and its partners can employ to overcome them.



Program Snapshot: Tanzania

In this photo: Dr. Monica Mhoja (front), Landesa's Tanzania Program Director, speaks to women whose land rights are being formalized in Nundwe Village, Tanzania. The project, implemented with partner organization PELUM, aims to issue more than 2,000 Certificates of Customary Rights of Occupancy to villagers in Mufundi District, Tanzania. 


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