Second call for expressions of interest: national or regional information and data partnerships on land
By: Ian Allison
Date: August 31st 2016
Source: International Business Times
Blockchain-based Bitland is looking to address the unregistered land issue in West Africa.
The creation of decentralised databases for land titles on a public ledger is a compelling use case for blockchain technology. It has been predicted as a major step forward for developing countries plagued with land disputes and corruption around real estate.
The recent wave of land deals for agribusiness investments has highlighted the widespread demand for greater accountability in the governance of land and investment. Legal frameworks influence opportunities for accountability, and recourse to law has featured prominently in grassroots responses to the land deals.
By: Kieran Guilbert
Date: March 8th 2016
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
DAKAR, March 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rural women across West Africa will march to demand equal land rights on Tuesday to mark International Women's Day, as activists urge African nations to invest in female farmers.
The farmer and the cowman, the musical Oklahoma tells us, should be friends. Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, a remarkable young African woman who campaigns for land rights for her pastoralist Mbororo people, would agree.
She believes grazing and cultivating communities can benefit each other, in a traditional seasonal synergy. “It starts with cowshit,” she explains disarmingly. The dung dropped by the Mbororo’s cattle, roaming vast areas across Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and the Central African Republic, is an essential source of fertility for crops after they have moved on.