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26 May 2022
Authors: 
Miss Olipa Katongo Kunda
Zambia

Just like many African countries, a majority of Zambian tribes follow a matrilineal system, that is, an affinity system in which descent is derived through maternal instead of paternal lines which essentially means children are recognised by the names or family of their mothers. This does not only affect decent but also involves the inheritance of titles and property including land through the female line. One might ask why women have less access and control of land in Zambia when land and property is inherited through maternal lines.

 

To secure equal rights to land, bring men and women together
13 July 2021
Authors: 
Dr. Elizabeth Daley
Tanzania
Mongolia
Global

There is an underlying tension in the land rights movement that is rarely addressed head on, which is the perception that securing women’s land rights threatens community land rights. Community land rights are typically held by indigenous people, small-scale and subsistence farmers, pastoralists, herders and many other groups who are directly dependent on land for their livelihoods but whose land tenure is often the most precarious.

Palm oil CIFOR.jpg
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.

A USAID-PepsiCo partnership is targeting female farmers like Kora to demonstrate that empowering wom
27 May 2021
India

By: Thais Bessa, gender advisor at Integrated Land and Resource Governance (ILRG). 

Purnima Kora is an ambitious farmer. She owns two small parcels of land that she purchased with her husband’s support and years of savings she earned from farming PepsiCo potatoes and rice, as well as by leveraging micro loans through a women’s self-help group. She also leases another half-acre plot to farm potatoes.  

Indigenous people's lives depend on their lands, but threats are growing worldwide
12 May 2021
Guatemala
Brazil
Indonesia
Bangladesh

This blog was written by Barbara Fraser and published by EarthBeat at: https://www.ncronline.org/news/earthbeat/indigenous-peoples-lives-depend-their-lands-threats-are-growing-worldwide

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3 May 2021
Authors: 
Prof. Cheryl Doss
Dr. Vanya Slavchevska
Africa
Ethiopia
Malawi
Tanzania
Uganda
Niger
Nigeria

Advancing women’s land rights is a priority for the international development agenda. Yet, there is no consensus on which rights should be monitored and reported. Three indicators of women’s property rights are widely used in the literature. Each captures a different aspect of women’s land rights, but a recent paper explores the extent to which these different rights are held by the same person, using data from six African countries.

Egypt irrigation
30 March 2021
Authors: 
Ms. Gemma Betsema
Lisette Meij
Egypt
Morocco
Sudan
Tunisia
Turkey

What are the state-of-the-art and new approaches to land consolidation as part of integrated rural development strategies in North Africa and Near East? That was the main question around which several experts from Egypt, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, and Turkey joined the FAO/ RVO roundtable discussion on land consolidation during the Second Arab Land Conference last February; a session which 110 participants attended – both in person and online.

Tribal people walk with their belongings in Tarapur village, about 87 km (54 miles) south from the western Indian city of Ahmedabad July 13, 2007. REUTERS/Amit Dave (INDIA)
8 March 2021
Authors: 
Shipra Deo
India

In Jharkhand, eastern India, women are not entitled to own land and accusations of witchcraft are wielded against them to silence their claims to land

When Talabitti’s husband died in 2016, her claim to the family land seemed to die with him. Though her husband had worked the family land by himself, upon his death his male cousins laid their claim. If Talabitti attempted to make a competing claim, they threatened to drive her away – with violence, if necessary. Sadly, this threat materialized.

Women gather outside the mosque in Masethele, Bombali District, Sierra Leone.
7 March 2021
Authors: 
Namati Communications
Sierra Leone

When Namati's Community Land Protection project in Sierra Leone's Paki Massabong Chiefdom came to a close, a 'handing over' ceremony was held. Along with village chiefs and local officials, a number of female community members stood to speak. Here are excerpts from what a few of these women shared.  

Taking stock of the women’s  land rights in the wake of COVID-19
15 October 2020
Authors: 
Ms. Grace Ananda
Africa
Global

How will you feel when you are discriminated against and denied privileges that other people enjoy? What will be your reaction? Have you asked yourself why indigenous peoples around the world feel they are denied their rights and left behind in development agenda? To answer all this, I had to look at the food security and tenure rights for indigenous women / communities in Africa thirteen years since the establishment of the International Rural Women’s Day