Around the world, land is the foundation of rural life. Perhaps no other asset can equal the transformative power of land to create economic opportunity, boost productivity and food security, and fulfill the promise of fundamental human rights and a life of basic dignity and access to justice.
But for at least 1 billion people who live in rural areas, this tantalizing potential is still out of reach, because they lack the secure rights to access, use, and leverage land. Without this security, their labor is like a plough without a blade, unable to extract the full value from their most important resource.
For this reason, land rights are at the root of change in the developing world.
Equipped with secure rights to land, rural women and men have the confidence and the opportunity to make investments in their land that improve their harvests and their lives, build resilience to a changing climate, and dismantle barriers to gender equality.
That’s why Landesa’s sole focus is on strengthening land rights for rural women, men, their families, and communities.
Momentum is on our side.
With new legal reforms strengthening the land rights of more than half a billion people worldwide in just the past year alone, increasing global awareness of land as fundamental to greater dignity and economic opportunity for rural families, and an innovative new campaign to put land policy into practice for hundreds of millions of women, this is an exciting time to be part of this important work.
But we can’t do it alone. Our 2019 Annual Report is dedicated to our partners, donors, staff, volunteers, and friends who believe that a world with equal land rights is a better world for us all.
Thank you for your continued support.
Chris Jochnick, CEO
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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.