The LandAssess Tool is a risk assessment and management framework. It provides a
clear and simple set of checklists that generate a report to help companies assess and
manage how they respect land rights. This tool responds to the gap between companies’
commitments to recognize land rights and their ability to give life to that commitment in
In recent years, numerous companies have made commitments to better recognize and
respect land rights throughout their supply chains. Although making such commitments
is a critical first step towards achieving more responsible investments, many companies
struggle with how to practically implement such commitments – from not
understanding what questions to ask to measure compliance with best practices to not
knowing what internal and external support is needed to ensure the company has the
capacity to meet its commitments.
The LandAssess Tool is designed to help build this capacity by providing a clear and
simple system for companies to track and manage their journeys toward better
recognition of and respect for the land rights of smallholder farmers and communities.
With funding from UK Department for International Development, Landesa created the
LandAssess Tool based on the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition’s Analytical
Framework for Land-Based Investments in African Agriculture. The Tool expands the
reach of the Analytical Framework and applies to both new and existing operations, as
well as to a range of business models (e.g., large-scale estate landholdings, outgrower
schemes). Landesa worked closely with Illovo Sugar Africa to pilot the tool throughout
Illovo’s operations in Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania and refined the tool based on
input from company staff, local civil society organizations, and expert practitioners.
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Landesa partners with governments and local organizations to ensure that the world’s poorest families have secure rights over the land they till. Founded as the Rural Development Institute, Landesa has helped more than 105 million poor families gain legal control over their land since 1967. When families have secure rights to land, they can invest in their land to sustainably increase their harvests and reap the benefits—improved nutrition, health, and education—for generations.