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Mary Komeiyan would like to grow food for her children. But she has no land. She lives in a village where crops come second in importance to livestock. Cows feed on the small plot of maize near her house. She cannot take action because the animals belong to her husband. Her situation is typical of Maasai women in Tanzania. They have little or no say on how land is used.

The Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility invites applications from indigenous peoples’ organizations and communities, as well as organizations that work with them, for grants to fund projects, innovative approaches and partnerships that promote the development of indigenous peoples and help them fulfil their aspirations.

The current and impending food crises are increasing pressures on the ownership of land and its use for agriculture. What are the implications of this for family farmers? Land grabs cause large scale migration, poverty and conflict – not to mention environmental impacts. Biodiversity decreases when small family farms are replaced by mono-crops treated with pesticides and fertilizers.

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