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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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Secure land tenure is a tool of empowerment. It leads to productive land investments, increased autonomy to make decisions over land by women, men and communities contributing to higher incomes. The co-relationship between secure land tenure and increased food production is central to tackle hunger. Women with secure land hold independence to make decisions and ability to influence conditions of their families. With the security of land people are motivated to participate in climate change mitigation and adaptation measures.

Conflict and corruption over land hamper achieving peaceful and just societies. People’s participation in decision-making, access to information and protecting human rights of land and environmental defenders are enabling factors to achieve all the SDGs.

This session shared the concern that despite the centrality of secure tenure rights to achieve all the SDGs, Member States fall short of their land rights commitments to incentivize bold action to secure land rights by promoting strategic reporting that celebrates Member States who have made progress and calls out those who have yet to sufficiently prioritize land rights The research conducted by the SDG Land Momentum Group showed that in 2020 only seven countries partially reported on the land targets. Out of the 2021, second and third time reporting countries, no country has reported on all the key land targets previously. While bringing the importance and under reporting, the session included case studies from a couple countries and showcased some relevant lessons learnt from the COVID pandemic.

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(a) Proportion of total agricultural population with ownership or secure rights over agricultural land, by sex; (b) share of women among owners or rights-bearers of agricultural land, by type of tenure


Last updated on 1 February 2022

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