WHY LAND RIGHTS ARE ESSENTIAL TO FIGHTING HUNGER AND POVERTY
Most of the world’s poorest citizens share three traits:
- They live in rural areas.
- They depend on the land to survive.
- They don’t have legal control over the land.
The cruel irony is that many of the world's hungry people are actually farmers themselves. They are sharecroppers or day laborers tending other peoples’ crops, or have no access to land at all.
Secure land rights of their own give them control of what they grow and what they do with their harvest, so they can better feed and provide for their families.
Landlessness remains one of the best predictors of extreme poverty around the world.
$25 can help Landesa continue its work with tribal elders in Kenya, teaching them about women’s land rights, and encouraging them to advocate for equal rights.
$150 can help Landesa ensure that a family in India obtain title to a small plot of land where they can live and grow enough food to feed their families.
$500 can help Landesa provide 45 adolescent girls in India with training on gardening and other life skills so they can grow food for their families.
$1,000 can help Landesa’s legal aid workers, from rural India to rural China, help families protect their rights to land they live on and cultivate.
THE POWER OF LAND RIGHTS
While we recognize that land rights are not a panacea to poverty, we believe that they provide quite possibly the best first step. It is a structural solution to a structural problem. They are the foundation required for other development tools – education, public health, microfinance, sanitation, nutrition – to take root.
Secure rights to land can empower people to have control over their main source of food, water, status, housing, and often their livelihood: the land upon which they raise their crops and raise their families.
Landesa partners with governments to create laws, policies, and programs that provide secure land rights for the poorest. Founded as the Rural Development Institute, Landesa has helped more than 100 million poor families in more than 40 countries gain legal control over their land since 1967.
Most of the people living in poverty around the world share three traits: they live in rural areas, rely on agricultural labor to survive, and don’t own the land they till. Landlessness remains one of the best predictors of extreme poverty around the world.
We work towards a future in which all who depend on land for their well-being have secure land rights.