Building climate resilience through land rights; New blogs on land expropriation in China and women's & youth land rights; How we engage in climate justice.
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Walking the path to climate justice

A person harvests rice in a rice paddy in Cambodia. Overlaid text says 'Land rights offer a path to a restored planed and a secure future for all.'

Climate change is the gravest threat to the future peace, security, and prosperity of everyone on the planet. But the most severe consequences of climate change are experienced largely by people living in rural areas.

That’s why Landesa focuses on strengthening rural land rights as a means for promoting climate justice. When these communities have rights to the land they rely on to survive, they have the confidence to make investments in sustainable and climate-smart farming practices that build their resilience to climate change. At scale, those same investments can have a massive impact on climate mitigation, by storing more carbon in the soils and vegetation on sustainably managed lands.

Now is the time to act on climate change. We invite you to learn more about how land rights offer a path to a restored planet and a secure future for us all.

Walk the path with us.

The urgency of the present moment has been made startlingly clear in Glasgow over the past two weeks, where the world has gathered for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (commonly referred to as COP26). There, world leaders are discussing collective commitments to blunt the most devastating consequences of climate change and restore the health of our planet now and long into the future. Landesa has contributed to the dialogue on the role of land in mitigating climate change, building resilient communities, and in creating a hopeful and equitable future for all.

On Friday, Nov. 5, Landesa hosted a side event with partner Canadian Foodgrains Bank on the critical role of women’s land rights as a tool for building climate resilient food systems. Joined by speakers representing Indigenous Peoples, governance, and civil society, the event emphasized the central role of women smallholders as powerful change agents for advancing climate adaptation and mitigation by building sustainable food systems, and served as a call to action for all to recognize women’s land rights as critical tools for addressing the climate crisis, gender inequality, and food insecurity.

A recording of the event, which was moderated by Landesa Climate Change and Land Tenure Specialist Rachel McMonagle, is available on our website.

We’ve been busy rallying support for women’s land rights as a solution to climate change in many other ways. For Ms. Magazine, the foundational platform of the feminist movement, our Director of the Center for Women’s Land Rights Beth Roberts appeals to governments, policymakers, and corporations to center women’s voices in solutions for climate change. In her op-ed, “We Must Listen to Women to Tackle Our Changing Climate,” Beth writes with urgency and clarity on the challenge before us:

If we want to turn the corner on the climate crisis, we need more than just a slow march toward the full and equal participation of women. When women’s insights and experiences are sidelined, we sideline half of our opportunities for innovation. Women must not just be represented; they must equitably occupy leadership positions.

Read the full op-ed in Ms. Magazine here.

While the conversations in Glasgow are nearing a close, Landesa’s work to deliver sustainable solutions for climate change by strengthening smallholder land rights continues.

Recent reads

A glass door with a sign that reads 'China Evergrande Group' in English and Chinese.

Evergrande and Beijing’s Addiction to Expropriation
By Chris Jochnick | Wall Street Journal

There is a social burden to unchecked development, borne on the backs of millions of farmers in rural China. Read more →

A woman lifts a bale up into a tractor.

Inheritance of Agricultural Land by Women: There Is Distance Yet to Travel
By Shipra Deo and Robert Mitchell | Live Law 

A comprehensive overview of progress toward and remaining obstacles that limit women’s inheritance rights in India. Read more →

Secure Land Rights for Tanzanian Youth: Missing Link in Quest for Rural Economic Growth
By Khadija Mrisho | Daily News of Tanzania

Stronger youth land rights can transform Tanzania’s agriculture sector and create opportunity for young farmers. Read more →

Zainabu, from Kisarawe district, Tanzania, holds cassava that she dug up on her hillside farm.

The Foundation for Women’s Empowerment, Global Food Security and the Eradication of Poverty Is Beneath Our Feet
By Beth Roberts | Global Washington 

When women have secure rights to land, they have the opportunity and peace of mind needed to make investments in their land to improve their harvests and their lives. Read more →

Women sit in chairs in a semi-circle inside a Sangha Service Center.

First women-led service center opens to provide land records services
Rising Tide Foundation

In West Bengal, India, aspiring women farmers face many barriers to asserting their rights to land, including millions of out-of-date land records. Fortunately, these women now have a new way to access land records services in a program provided by women, for women and their families. Read more →

Landesa in the news

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How Land Reform Became Uganda’s Most Controversial Problem
Landesa’s Africa Region Director Margaret Rugadya spoke to Foreign Policy for a piece on land reform challenges and history in Uganda.

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Making large-scale land investments account for small producers' welfare
Landesa Land Tenure Specialist Masalu Luhula was quoted in an article about how large-scale agricultural investments can threaten women’s land rights in Tanzania, and how governments can implement successful monitoring efforts to protect women’s land rights.


Climate Justice Projects

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Building climate resilience through land rights.

The climate crisis is complex and urgent. In response, Landesa engages at multiple levels of governance: advocating to elevate climate change in global frameworks and sectoral norms, integrating climate action into national policies, and incorporating climate resilience into local activities. The knowledge we glean at each level informs our work on other levels, creating a unified path to climate justice.

The expertise our team brings allows us to work across contexts, weaving a multi-layered web of climate resilience. Explore examples of our work on our website, and reach out to find out how you can partner with us.



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