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By Mary Jane NcubeFarai Shone Mutondoro and Manase Chiweshe

In Zimbabwe land is power. And when this power is abused to score political points or amass wealth illegally, the most vulnerable citizens are the hardest hit. In the traditionally patriarchal communities of Zimbabwe, these citizens are most often women.

Oil palm cultivation in Indonesia and Malaysia has seen local agricultural economies move from semi-subsistence smallholdings on customary lands to big monoculture plantations using low wage labour (Photo: Rainforest Action Network, Creative Commons via F

By Lorenzo Cotula, Principal Researcher for the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

The commodity slump has cooled the global land rush. But land rights are still under pressure, requiring action at local to global levels.

The commodity price hikes of 2007-08 and the ensuing wave of transnational land deals for agribusiness investments in low and middle-income countries placed land rights at the centre of international development discourses. 

A Pataxo Indian living in Bahia, in northeastern Brazil, is seen near the Esplanade of Ministries in Brasilia March 12, 2014. The Indians are in Brasilia for meetings with authorities to discuss health needs and conflict issues between Indians and farmers

By Nicholas K. Tagliarino, World Resources Institute

Land and property rights are key to myriad development goals, from hunger to women's economic empowerment. So why are they so hard to obtain?

“Let us wake up, humankind…Let us build societies that are able to coexist in a dignified way, in way that protects life. Let us come together and remain hopeful as we defend and care for the blood of this Earth and of its spirits.”


By Colleen O'Holleran

Over the past few decades there has been growing awareness of the need to strengthen land rights for women and men across the African continent. As a result, governments have come under growing pressure to improve laws, policies and institutions to guarantee Africa’s smallholder farmers secure land tenure.  

Adding to the urgency of this call to action is the global land rush for farmland, which has raised concerns about large land-based investments displacing smallholders and pastoralists.

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