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About Landesa

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.

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Conference Papers & Reports
January 2020
Guatemala

In 2018, Global Witness found that Guatemala had experienced the highest increase in the number of murders of land and environmental defenders of any country in the world.

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Conference Papers & Reports
January 2020
Guatemala

En 2018, Global Witness encontró que Guatemala experimentó el aumento más alto en el número de asesinatos de defensores de la tierra y el medio ambiente. Sólo el año pasado, el presidente del capítulo de la aldea del Comité de Desarrollo Campesino (CODECA), una organización nacional de movimientos sociales liderada por los indígenas que trabaja por los derechos a la

Landesa Annual Report 2019
Reports & Research
January 2020
Global

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.

The role of indigenous communities in reducing climate change through sustainable land use practices
Reports & Research
September 2019
Africa
Kenya
Latin America and the Caribbean
United States of America
Asia
Global

The climate crisis demands urgent action, yet we live in a politically polarized and paralyzed world. As governments and other actors struggle over climate change, our environment is irreversibly changing.

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Policy Papers & Briefs
June 2019
Malawi

Recognizing the extensive literature available on outgrower cooperative farming, this case study seeks to add to this literature by providing in-depth learnings and guidance on good practices for structuring commercial, cooperative outgrower schemes in Malawi and potentially elsewhere.

Reports & Research
June 2019
Malawi

Landesa, the Interlaken Group, and the Malawi LSLBI Platform identified the need for an in-depth case study on the Phata Cooperative after recognizing a lack of detailed and context-specific information available on good practices on structuring commercial, cooperative outgrower schemes in Malawi and elsewhere.

Training Resources & Tools
May 2019
Mozambique
Tanzania

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 their operations.

Manuals & Guidelines
May 2019
Malawi
Mozambique
Tanzania

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 their operations.

Reports & Research
May 2019
Malawi
Mozambique
Tanzania

In recent years, numerous companies have made commitments to better recognize and respect land rights throughout their supply chains. For Illovo Sugar Africa ("Illovo"), Africa’s largest producer of sugar, this entailed committing to "zero tolerance for land grabs," as well as adopting its Group Guidelines on Land and Land Rights ("Guidelines") and Road Map on Land Rights ("Road Map").

Reports & Research
March 2019
Ghana

The Business Enterprise Guidebook aims to help companies and investots understand how to facilitate a responsible investment in Ghana. This Guidebook includes information on international standards and best practices, Ghana’s governance and community landscape, and how to manage an agricultural investment responsibly.

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