Roy L. Prosterman is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Landesa.
Since 1967, Landesa has championed the power of land rights as the key to a better, safer future by partnering with developing countries to design and implement laws, policies and programmes that provide the poor, and especially women, with land ownership or secure land tenure. These land rights allow farmers to invest in their future and "bootstrap" themselves out of extreme poverty. When distributed broadly, secure land rights provide foundational and multi-generational change to entire communities. Landesa, formerly known as the Rural Development Institute, has worked with developing country governments on reforms that have helped provide secure land rights to more than 100 million families. It has offices in the US, China, India and Russia.