Empowering millions of women and men with a powerful tool they can use to improve their lives:

LAND RIGHTS

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WHY DOLAND RIGHTS MATTER?

Most of the world’s poor share three traits: they live in rural areas, rely on agriculture and forests to survive, and don’t have legal control over the land on which they depend. We can help them escape this poverty trap. Stronger rights to land have the power to reduce poverty and conflict, increase economic activity, empower women, strengthen food security, and improve environmental stewardship — for an individual, a family, a community, and an entire country.

WHO WE ARE

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Landesa partners with progressive governments and civil society to develop pro-poor and gender-sensitive laws, policies, and programs that strengthen land rights for the poorest people. In Africa and Asia, our land rights experts work shoulder to shoulder with government officials, local leaders, and rural residents developing scalable, practical, and innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems – food insecurity, conflict, climate change, women’s lack of empowerment.

WHAT WE DO

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Strong, legal rights to land can provide the rural poor with the opportunity, security, and incentive they need to invest in their land to improve their harvests and their lives. Learn more about the connection between land rights and the most significant challenges of our time, from nutrition to climate change, from inclusive economic development to gender equality.

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In an era defined by concerns over food security, environmental sustainability, stubborn cycles of poverty, and conflict over land, strong land rights for the world’s poorest citizens are critical. Landesa champions the power of land rights for rural women, men, and communities as a fundamental building block for a safer and more prosperous future. Join the global land rights movement—make your gift to Landesa today.

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RECENT NEWS

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April Plotlines: Land rights matter for people and planet

April 08, 2021

Connecting land rights and climate change; Landesa welcomes 3 new board members; Seed the Change raises $375k+; Meet Li Ping.

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Staff Spotlight: Li Ping

April 07, 2021

Li Ping, China Program Director and Senior Policy Advisor based in Seattle, Washington, began working with Roy Prosterman and Tim Hanstad in 1987.

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Field Focus Blog

Women’s participation in land decision-making bodies in Tanzania: An overview

March 25, 2021

Godfrey Massay highlights some of the international, regional, and national commitments that seek to improve women’s participation in land governing bodies in Tanzania.

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Landesa welcomes three new board members

March 22, 2021

Landesa is excited to introduce three new additions to its Board of Directors: Luciana Aquino-Hagedorn, J.D., Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, and Darshana Shanbhag, M.D.

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March Plotlines: Advancing gender-equitable land rights

March 11, 2021

Celebrating International Women's Day; Five impactful pieces about women's land rights; Seed the Change Gala on March 18th.

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Renewable Energy to Responsible Energy: A Call-to-Action

March 10, 2021

As the renewable energy sector continues to grow and evolve, it will need to be increasingly mindful of the need to ensure that adverse impacts on the environment, communities and human rights do not arise from its value chain and operations.

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Land rights are a key that unlocks a world of possibilities, giving rural families hope, opportunity, and the tools to lift themselves out of poverty. Become a partner in this global movement.

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