Making their voices count: the African women protecting their land rights | Land Portal

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September 2019
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New public policies and changing economic fundamentals have spurred private sector investment in commercial agriculture in low- and middle-income countries. Growing numbers of policies and programmes aim to integrate small-scale rural producers into agricultural value chains;based on concepts such as ‘inclusive businessand ‘shared value’. But significant questions remain over how best to: recognise the possibly divergent visions;interests and constraints of various actors;and the risks and trade-offs that can arise; address often substantial power imbalances that affect value chain relations; and ultimately support genuine agency among rural producers and their communities – that is;their ability to make choices;take action and influence realities around them. This report explores whether socio-legal empowerment might help address these issues. It develops a conceptual framework to further understand;test and strengthen the contribution of socio-legal empowerment to enhancing the agency of rural actors as they engage with;or are affected by;commercial agriculture.

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IIED (Philippine Sutz


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Mokoro is pleased to host the ’Land Rights in Africa’ site as a contribution to the land rights dialogue and related debates. This website was created in January 2000 by Robin Palmer, and was originally housed by Oxfam GB, where Robin worked as a Land Rights Adviser. A library of resources on land rights in Africa – with a particular focus on women’s land rights and on the impact of land grabbing in Africa – the portal has been well received by practitioners, researchers and policy makers, and has grown considerably over the years.

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