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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.

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Reports & Research
January 2009
Sri Lanka

This is a 2009 study undertaken by the Rural Development Institute, now Landesa, and authored by Elisa Scalise. It focuses on six South Asian countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) and addresses both formal and customary laws and pratices governing women's inheritance rights.

Reports & Research
September 2006

In Rwanda, two factors make land a highly important and contested issue. First,
Rwanda has the highest person-to-land ratio in Africa. This creates tremendous
pressure on land in a country where most of the population lives in rural areas, and
where agriculture remains the central economic activity. Second, Rwanda is recovering

Reports & Research

Landesa works to secure land rights for the world’s poorest
people—the 3.4 billion chiefly rural people who live on less than two dollars
a day. Landesa partners with developing country governments to design
and implement laws, policies, and programs concerning land that provide
opportunity, further sustainable economic growth, and promote social

Reports & Research

Securing land rights for the world’s poorest people"...

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