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Feature Story | New Website Partnership with USAID Complete 

USAID Land Tenure & Property Rights Portal
A new website, created by USAID in partnership with Landesa, offers in-depth research on property rights to resources (such as minerals, trees and water) in 62 countries around the world. The Land Tenure and Property Rights Portal is a practical tool for policy makers and development practitioners working in these countries. Landesa authored of 56 of the 62 country profiles on the website. View Site >>



Issue  Brief | Is Bigger Better?  

ISSUE BRIEF: Is Bigger Better? 

The assumption that large-scale mechanized agriculture is more productive and efficient than small family farms is influencing agricultural development policy around the world. Developing countries are moving toward corporate farming as a way to boost production and jump-start agricultural development. But the basis of their strategy, the assumption that bigger farms are better farms, is one of the most enduring myths in global development. Download PDF >> 


India | Expanding Our Work  

Community-based land rights educationThe government of India jointly conducted two workshops this month with Landesa's partner in India, RDI, to discuss pro-poor land policies at the national and state level. Two hundred government officials, journalists, academics and development practitioners attended the convening to discuss effective land rights programs in India. As a result of the workshop, the state government of Odisha decided to expand our joint program which trains legal aid professionals at the community level to help the local government issue land titles to the landless. The program will now be scaled statewide in Odisha.  



Africa | Putting Land Tenure at the Forefront of Development 

An interactinve online education tool on land rights in Africa
Property rights are an often overlooked aspect of poverty alleviation efforts work in the developing world. Yet, land tenure can dramatically affect the outcome of development interventions. To address this need, the
World Resources Institute and Landesa have developed an interactive education tool. The new website features multimedia lessons with diagrams, slideshows, maps, and videos in additional to traditional research documents from laws to academic articles on land tenure and property rights in Africa. Explore the site >>   

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Small Farms, Big Role  

By Robert Mitchell 5/31/2011


By Deborah Espinosa 5/9/2011


Landesa in the News 


Miami Herald | Unable to Stop Land Grab, Chinese Farmer Sets Self Afire



Huffington Post | Women Should Be a G-20 Focus



Bloomberg | China Gold Courses Grow at Record Pace as Developers Ignore Government 


The Hindu | State Keen on Replicating Concept in All Districts


The Indian Express | Pilot Scheme Successful in Five Dists, May Cover State


The Times of India | Local Youths to be Round Up for Land Distribution Among Poor

OneWorld South Asia | Women Rising: From Ploughing the Land to Working the Law

Recent Event
Legacy of Land: A Tribute to Roy Prosterman   

Roy Prosterman, Kellye Testy, and Landesa CEO Tim Hanstad 

University of Washington Law School honored Landesa founder Roy Prosterman, at a a special ceremony on May 5. Kellye Testy, dean of the UW school of law, and Bill Gates, Sr. spoke about Prosterman's legacy and leadership of demonstrating how law can and should be used as a tool to battle global poverty. Testy also presented Prosterman with a proclamation (pictured) officially declaring May 5 as Roy Prosterman Day in King County. 


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