Land Portal | Securing Land Rights Through Open Data
13 May 2022
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Daniel Hayward
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This Land Portal data story looks at the increase of maize production in and around Thailand, and its relation to a poultry value chain as an ingredient in animal feed. 

11 May 2022
Global

10 years ago today, on 11 May 2012, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) endorsed its 

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The Land Portal, Global Data Barometer, and Open Data Charter are working together at the nexus of open data and land governance. 

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Mozambique continues to struggle with the complex legacies of conflict stemming from a bitter anti-colonial war, followed by decades of civil strife and the current armed insurgency in Cabo Delgado. Mozambique is a fertile and mineral rich country which is also highly vulnerable to the accelerating impacts of climate change. It was recently ranked as the 35th most vulnerable and the 24th least ready country to address climate change effects. Despite having progressive land laws which entrench community land rights, these have proved difficult to implement. There is significant evidence of large scale corporate agricultural, mining and conservation investments which have displaced rural people, undermined livelihoods and fuelled discontent in the countryside.

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Nepal is a small landlocked country situated between India and China. In recent years, two events have had a major impact on land issues in Nepal. Firstly, the 1996-2006 conflict to overthrow the monarchy and establish a Peoples’ Republic. Amongst other impacts, the war displaced hundreds of thousands of people, resulted in the outmigration of many young people and the country's new governance structure as of 2006, organised into seven. Secondly, two severe earthquakes in 2015 which killed 8,700 people, injured 25,000, destroyed half a million homes, and left a further 265,000 houses temporarily uninhabitable.

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Community Farming in Gao, Mali, 2017

From large land acquisitions that displace communities without due compensation, to the encroachment of mining on indigenous lands, to the brunt of climate change and natural disasters, to everyday land and property deprivation by kin or state, women are typically more harshly impacted by land tenure insecurity due to discriminatory laws and lingering social bias.

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Post-conflict situations remain strained for years and can easily relapse into violence during the first two decades. During this social, political, and economic transition phase, post-conflict countries are especially fragile and vulnerable. Increasingly acknowledged as a key driver or root cause for conflict, land is as much a critical relapse factor as it is a bottleneck to recovery [1]. In the aftermath of war, access to and control of land and natural resources often remains a sensitive issue for years which may precipitate tensions and challenge stability. At the same time, resolving land-related issues is significant to achieve sustainable and durable peace. Yet, it is just one item on a long list of issues that need to be addressed in post-conflict periods next to reconciliation and transitional justice processes, establishing security and a functioning state, economic recovery, and the rebuilding of social cohesion [2].

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