land ownership related Blog post | Land Portal
14 December 2021
Authors: 
Mr. Charl-Thom Bayer
Keitha Booth
Global

The Land Portal works to embed land governance in open data discussions and vice versa. This primer is extracted from the recently published Open Up Guide for Land Governance.


 


First, What is Open Data?


This Is Our Land: Why Reject the Privatisation of Customary Land
20 July 2021
Papua New Guinea

WHY REJECT CUSTOMARY LAND PRIVATISATION 

Most of the world’s land is still stewarded by communities under customary systems. Billions of people rely on communally managed farmland, pasture, forests and savannahs for their livelihoods. 

This collective management of resources is viewed in the colonial or capitalist economic model as an obstacle to individual wealth creation and private profit. 

A rural homestead in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Collart Hervé/Sygma via Getty Images
22 June 2021
Authors: 
Prof. Ben Cousins
South Africa

By Ben Cousins, Emeritus Professor, Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), University of the Western Cape


* This article originally appeared in the The Conversation on 22 June 2021


Benguela, Angola, october 2007_photo by Carlos Ebert_FLICKR creative commons
6 August 2021
Authors: 
Allan Cain
Angola
Southern Africa

 

By Allan Cain, Development Workshop Angola

* This article was originally published as part of the online discussion on customary law in Southern Africa

Musul – The second community in Kenya to secure their land rights, the first to do so using legal empowerment Visit
30 July 2021
Authors: 
Namati Communications
Sub-Saharan Africa
Kenya

The Maasai community of Musul have lived on the same land in Laikipia county for generations. It is their source of food and water, the heart of their culture and beliefs, and their ancestral home. But until recently, their legal rights to govern it were tenuous.


4 May 2021
Authors: 
Mr. Malcolm Childress
Global

* Any views expressed in this opinion piece are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Land insecurity and inequality are endemic and keep families trapped in poverty for generations

Malcolm Childress is co-director of Prindex and executive director of Global Land Alliance

3 May 2021
Authors: 
Prof. Cheryl Doss
Dr. Vanya Slavchevska
Africa
Ethiopia
Malawi
Tanzania
Uganda
Niger
Nigeria

Advancing women’s land rights is a priority for the international development agenda. Yet, there is no consensus on which rights should be monitored and reported. Three indicators of women’s property rights are widely used in the literature. Each captures a different aspect of women’s land rights, but a recent paper explores the extent to which these different rights are held by the same person, using data from six African countries.

Egypt irrigation
30 March 2021
Authors: 
Ms. Gemma Betsema
Lisette Meij
Egypt
Morocco
Sudan
Tunisia
Turkey

What are the state-of-the-art and new approaches to land consolidation as part of integrated rural development strategies in North Africa and Near East? That was the main question around which several experts from Egypt, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, and Turkey joined the FAO/ RVO roundtable discussion on land consolidation during the Second Arab Land Conference last February; a session which 110 participants attended – both in person and online.