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This Is Our Land: Why Reject the Privatisation of Customary Land
20 July 2021
Papua New Guinea

WHY REJECT CUSTOMARY LAND PRIVATISATION 

Most of the world’s land is still stewarded by communities under customary systems. Billions of people rely on communally managed farmland, pasture, forests and savannahs for their livelihoods. 

This collective management of resources is viewed in the colonial or capitalist economic model as an obstacle to individual wealth creation and private profit. 

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6 July 2021
Authors: 
Maaike van den Berg
Global

The main objective of the LAND-at-scale program is to directly strengthen essential land governance components for men, women and youth that have the potential to contribute to structural, just, sustainable and inclusive change at scale. An ambitious objective, that cannot be achieved in isolation. Alignment is, therefore, a key factor in all LAND-at-scale activities - be it at project level for our country interventions or through our collaborative approach to knowledge management.

Land and compensation in Zimbabwe: frequently asked questions
23 November 2020
Authors: 
Prof. Ian Scoones
Zimbabwe

The debate about compensation of former white farmers in Zimbabwe continues to rage. The compensation agreement signed in July agreed a total amount of US$3.5 billion to pay for ‘improvements’ to the land that was expropriated. After 20 years of discussion, this was a major step forward. However, there seem to be multiple positions on the agreement and little consensus, along with much misunderstanding. However, some things are happening, and a joint resource mobilisation committee has been established with technical support from the World Bank and others.

3rd Mekong Regional Land Forum: Forum Replay
26 May 2021
South-Eastern Asia
Cambodia
Laos
Myanmar
Thailand
Vietnam

Summaries and selected replays from the 3rd Mekong Regional Land Forum are available below. Full replays of the plenary sessions will be posted shortly -- check back soon!

Land-grabs – the new red flag for Uzbek cotton sector
19 February 2021
Uzbekistan

Originally published at: https://apparelinsider.com/land-grabs-the-new-red-flag-for-uzbek-cotton-...

Written by Lynn Schweisfurth

 

Apparel brands are said to be eyeing Uzbekistan as a potential source of cotton, particularly with Xinjiang cotton now the subject of US sanctions. A process of reform has made significant progress on forced labour issues in Uzbekistan, but now another issue has arisen: land-grabs.

4 May 2021
Authors: 
Mr. Malcolm Childress
Global

* Any views expressed in this opinion piece are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Land insecurity and inequality are endemic and keep families trapped in poverty for generations

Malcolm Childress is co-director of Prindex and executive director of Global Land Alliance

Land rights for cocoa farmers aren’t just good stewardship, they’re smart business
5 November 2019
Authors: 
Yuliya Panfil
Africa
Ghana
Latin America and the Caribbean
Asia
Global

Last week the World Cocoa Foundation, a membership organization of more than 100 cocoa companies, held its annual partnership meeting in Berlin, Germany. The aim of the meeting is for governments, cocoa companies and farmers to identify and tackle the sector’s largest sustainability challenges. A 90-minute session was devoted to the topic of land tenure. The prominence of the session, as well as the seniority of the presenters – the Head of Sustainable Sourcing for Hershey’s and the Deputy Director General of Cote d’Ivoire’s Land Agency among them – is a powerful signaling effect.

One Company’s Journey to Better Respect Land: Illovo Sugar Africa
12 July 2019
Authors: 
Mina Manuchehri
Malawi
Mozambique
Tanzania
Zambia
South Africa
Global

Our sugar is made from sugarcane. And sugarcane is not planted in trees or in the air, it’s planted in the ground, in the soil, on land. It’s the bedrock of our investment.

—Illovo Land Champion