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Land rights on air: how Land Voice supports indigenous communities in Cameroon

05 July 2022
Sandrine Kouba


In Cameroon, many rural communities are unaware of their rights, in a context where they are increasingly challenged by large-scale land-based investments. Sandrine Kouba from RELUFA explains how setting up a radio programme has helped to inform indigenous communities about their rights and enable them to feel better prepared to face investors. 


Investing in Formal Land Rights for Commodity Smallholder Farmers: Lessons from land tenure public-private partnerships

05 July 2021
Ana Garcia Moran

The Côte d’Ivoire Land Partnership (CLAP) brings public and private sectors together to work for affordable land documentation for smallholder farmers at scale. The panellists explained that land security should be at the core of corporate sustainability agendas because it translates into benefits across supply chains. Providing smallholder farmers with land documentation to strengthen their land rights has an impact on their lives, their families and also their productivity.

Behind the Brands 8 Years Later: An assessment of food and beverage companies’ delivery of land rights commitments

01 July 2021
Chloe Christman

From 2013 to 2016, Oxfam's Behind the Brands campaign called on the 10 biggest food and beverage companies to adopt stronger land rights commitments. Now, as the coronavirus pandemic worsens inequality and food insecurity around the world, we asked the question: Are companies taking meaningful steps to implement their commitments?

Consent is Everybody’s Business: Why banks need to act on free, prior and informed consent

27 August 2019
Imke Greven

Banks must stand with Indigenous and local communities in respecting their land rights

In 2018, every week more than three people were murdered, defending their land and environment from destructive industries like mining, logging and agribusiness. These killings represent the extreme end of a spectrum of violence and threats directed at land rights defenders.

Forging new partnerships: Companies and CSOs collaborate to achieve more responsible investments in land

22 July 2019
Mina Manuchehri

I think the engagement with Illovo is a good start. … [the Project] has provided a platform for Illovo to engage with [us], which is not only a benefit to Illovo, but to the community. It opens up dialogue. In the future…, we’d love for Illovo to come to (us) and ask us to get involved.

Announcing the LandAssess Tool: Demystifying Land Risks in Project Due Diligence

02 July 2019
Mina Manuchehri

In recent years, numerous companies have made commitments to better recognize and respect land rights throughout their supply chains. Although making such commitments is a critical first step towards achieving more responsible investments, many companies still struggle with how to practically implement those commitments.

A paralegal approach to negotiating large-scale land deals in Sierra Leone

By Sonkita Conteh, Director, Sierra Leone Program, Namati

 

Three years ago I wrote about how communities in Sierra Leone were getting the short end of the stick in large-scale land transactions. Many did not understand the provisions of the complex lease agreements they were signing. Not only are these leases legally complicated, they are sometimes signed under pressure and are not always translated into a community’s local language.