Explore our 2021 global impact; Gender-sensitive land services in rural West Bengal; Empowering rural communities in Southeast Asia; Staff spotlight on Devon O'Neill.
This newsletter was sent on Oct. 14, 2021
Sign up to receive the next edition
Plotlines - Landesa's Monthly e-Newsletter

— Special Edition —

Photo: A couple smiles together working in front of their home. Text: Landesa's Fall 2021 Impact Report.

Dear Friends,

Last year, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we were given a potent reminder of the critical importance of land to farmers and families around the world. In these challenging times, land remains a foundation for women and men to improve their livelihoods and their lives. At Landesa, we are seeing this change firsthand, as our teams continue their work with rural communities, local leaders, and government officials to secure and strengthen the land rights that make resiliency possible.

I am excited to share some of what we have witnessed and helped influence over the last year in Landesa’s Fall 2021 Impact Report, now available to all on Landesa’s website. As you can read in the report, Landesa’s programs around the world helped strengthen the land rights of over 700,000 people.

I invite you to read and enjoy the report, and thank you for your support in achieving Landesa’s global impact.

Chris, President & CEO

A pie chart breaks down Landesa's 2021 Global Impact. 512,620 people stand to benefit from improved gov't or CSO capacity. 61,850 people received land documents in their name. 186,600 people received land rights education and training. 761,070 people total were reached.
A Sangha Service Center staff member helps a woman navigate the land services offered through the state’s online portal.

Women lead the way in innovative land services pilot

Working alongside women’s community groups, Landesa is bringing gender-sensitive land resources to women in rural West Bengal.

Read the story ->

Cambodian women planting rice

In Southeast Asia, sowing seeds of resilience

Despite challenges presented by a military coup earlier this year and the ongoing pandemic, Landesa’s team in Myanmar is engaging with communities to secure their land rights and empower environmental stewardship.

Read the story ->



Implementing progressive laws can accelerate securing women’s land rights in Francophone Africa

By Joy Imbuye
Women's land rights in Francophone Africa

In sub-Saharan Africa, less than 13 percent of women aged 20-49 have rights to land, according to research by the World Bank. Therefore, securing their land rights remains a very crucial matter to boost their socio-economic empowerment.

Most former French colonies in Africa gained independence in the 1960s. They largely inherited the civil law system of the French, adding this to their traditions and customary law. Often, the colonial laws were discriminatory. Most former French colonies started reforming the land rights in the 1980s to remedy some injustices. Many reforms focused on either land nationalization or registration programs to establish private ownership.

Modern land reforms remain indispensable to tackle gender inequality in areas where customary discriminatory practices are dominant. In cases where new laws and policies have been promulgated in Francophone African countries, just like other sub-Saharan African countries, nations have struggled to define realistic and progressive implementation strategies.

In this blog, Landesa intern Joy Imbuye aims to review some of the good practices as well as the challenges faced in advancing women’s land rights in select countries in Francophone Africa. Her review, based on existing research and analysis, project reports, and legal provisions, focuses on issues related to inheritance rights for women and girls and women’s participation in land-related decision-making and governance.


Landesa in the news

South China Morning Post logo

How China’s landmark law changes help protect farmland and farmers’ rights
Landesa China Program Director Li Ping writes about how changes to the 2019 amended Land Management Law and recently adopted implementing regulations create guardrails for farmers’ land rights in the context of land expropriation.

IPP Media logo

Land Rights: Setting sights on the rights of pastoralists, other land
The Guardian Tanzania interviewed Landesa Land Tenure Specialist Masalu Luhula for an article about land rights and conflict between pastoralists and farmers.

Relief Web logo

Open letter from civil society to world leaders: Put human rights at the centre of environmental policy
Alongside 166 civil society organizations and individuals, Landesa signed an open letter calling upon world leaders to put human rights at the center of environmental policy.


Staff Spotlight: Devon O'Neill

Devon O'Neill headshot

Based in Seattle, Devon O'Neill is a Program Officer for Landesa's Asia Program. Devon began working for Landesa in 2017.

What are you most proud of during your time with Landesa?
"The scale of impact that our projects and programs have achieved. From high-level legislative changes to on-the-ground support for new rural smallholders, we have been able to strengthen and secure land rights for people across the globe. We often talk at Landesa about how land rights progress is slow and generational, but in the 4 years that I have been at Landesa, I've already seen progress leap and bound."



Copyright © 2021, All rights reserved.

1424 4th Ave, Suite 430
Seattle, WA 98101