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Land Rights

The Time Is Now To Incorporate Gender Considerations Into Environmental Policy

Lorena Aguilar | Posted 12.02.2014 | Green
Lorena Aguilar

Instead of ignoring the differences between how men and women utilize natural resources, women should be viewed as equals and agents of change.

Land Rights for Women Mean Progress for Communities

Skoll Foundation | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

By Tim Hanstad, President and CEO, Landesa If we want to empower rural women in the developing world, there is no better first step than provid...

Gendering Peasant Movements, Gendering Food Sovereignty

Beverly Bell | Posted 11.04.2014 | Impact
Beverly Bell

Since ancestral times women have cultivated the seeds, reproduced the seeds and hybridized them. However, when food passes from the private sphere to the public one, in the areas of marketing and distribution, men appear in the process.

Useful Land Use

Edward Flattau | Posted 12.15.2014 | Green
Edward Flattau

The nation needs every tool at its disposal to combat the unrelenting increase in human generated greenhouse gas emissions, the primary catalyst for global warming. That is why the time for reconsidering the institution of national land use planning is at hand.

On World Day of Food Sovereignty, Struggling for Land in Brazil

Beverly Bell | Posted 12.15.2014 | World
Beverly Bell

October 16 is World Food Day. To ensure that there is food for the world, and that it is not controlled by corporations, small farmers and allies across the globe have also named October 16 the Day of Action for Food Sovereignty and against Transnational Organizations.

On National Day of Maize in Mexico, Protecting the Sacred Plant

Beverly Bell | Posted 11.30.2014 | World
Beverly Bell

Adelita San Vicente Tello speaking at local celebration of Mexico's first National Holiday of Native and Creole Seeds. Photo courtesy of Adelita San ...

Israeli Supreme Court Made Unjust Decision in Upholding 'Segregation Law'

Amjad Iraqi | Posted 11.30.2014 | World
Amjad Iraqi

It is up to citizens, civil society and international actors to take a principled stance against the Admissions Committees Law and Israel's discrimination against its Palestinian minority. Segregation, especially when engineered and sanctioned by a state, must elicit the same condemnation as other cases have before.

Deaths in Peru Show the Need to Protect Land Rights of Local Communities

Marie Clarke Brill | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact
Marie Clarke Brill

Unfortunately, this problem is by no means limited to Peru. Poor communities in many countries around the world are being kicked off their land, often to be replaced by large agri-business projects that cause environmental damage and bring little or no benefits to the local area.

An Experiment 'Goes Wild' in Kenya: Locally-Run Conservancies Are Meeting the Needs of Wildlife, Livestock, and People

American Anthropological Association | Posted 09.17.2014 | Green
American Anthropological Association

Over 10 million acres of this country have been formally set aside in just the last few years for community-based conservation benefiting people and wildlife alike. Among the more unexpected items being conserved along with the wildlife here is peace.

Greenwashing Away Minority Land Rights in Costa Rica

Adam Cernea Clark | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Adam Cernea Clark

Last week, a landmark bill was finally signed into law by outgoing Costa Rican president Laura Chinchilla. This tenuous victory is but the latest chapter in the trials and tribulations of the oft forgotten Afro-Descendant minorities that make their home on the shores of the Caribbean Sea.

Silencing Native Voices: 200 Years After First Foreign Contact, Efforts to Control Native Lands Reignite

Trisha Kehaulani Watson | Posted 05.27.2014 | Hawaii
Trisha Kehaulani Watson

In a small island community like Hawai'i, where Native communities have protected valued ecosystems across the islands for countless generations, such lingering ignorance and arrogance is unforgivable.

Africa, Innovation and Access To Law

Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais | Posted 04.28.2014 | Impact
Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais

How do we ensure sustainable economic growth and an ecosystem that promotes innovation without the legal frameworks in place to guarantee transparency, accountability and good governance?

A Dark Day for Kenyan Women: Why Kenya Must Not Pass Its Revised Marriage Property Bill

Tim Hanstad | Posted 02.15.2014 | Impact
Tim Hanstad

Part of the problem is that it defines matrimonial property as only property that is jointly owned by the spouses. Given the predominant customs in Kenya, very little, if any, property will be considered matrimonial in nature under this narrow definition.

Lessons From the Past: Securing Land Rights in the Wake of Typhoon Haiyan

Yuliya Neyman | Posted 02.12.2014 | World
Yuliya Neyman

In America, land ownership is usually well-documented and formalized. We own deeds to our land, and have clear legal ways to sell it, rent it or otherwise transfer it. But that's not the case in many countries, including in the Philippines.

Monoculture Soy and the Future of the Paraguayan Campesino

Mario Machado | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Mario Machado

Paraguay, like many developing countries across the world, has a national wealth and cultural identity that is tied directly to the production from its land. But it is this very land-wealth that continues to be effected by strong forces beyond its borders, most notably globalization and neoliberal orthodoxy.

How Land Rights Can Curb China's Toxic Harvest

Landesa | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Landesa

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpg From poisonous rice to melamine infused milk, reports of tainted food are a regular occurrence in China.

Delaying Early Marriage for Girls Through Sacks of Chilies

Landesa | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Landesa

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgPerception means girls are seen as burdens to their families. They are another mouth to feed, and parents must pay a dowry to marry them off. Because dowry can be reduced or avoided if girls are young enough, poor parents often respond by trying to limit the damage.

Four Ways to Help Myanmar's Rural Poor

Roy L. Prosterman | Posted 08.04.2013 | Impact
Roy L. Prosterman

How to confront the needs of the vast number of families who are trapped in land-related, generational poverty in Myanmar and throughout the region will have profound consequences for future development, investment and stability.

In Kenya, Land Rights Bring New Hope for Women and Girls

Deborah Espinosa | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Deborah Espinosa

In the classrooms of Ol Pusimoru Secondary School, a cluster of simple cinderblock buildings perched on a hillside in the remote Kenyan highlands, Principal Alu Andrew Amadi can see a revolution stirring.

Three Critical Days in the Struggle for Land Reform in India

Alnoor Ladha | Posted 06.10.2013 | World
Alnoor Ladha

The government of India made a remarkable promise on October 11 last year. It was bold and broad, and it has the potential to strike a fundamental blow at the plague of landlessness and poverty that blights millions of Indians.

Obama Meets Koroma: Time to Talk Land Rights

Sonkita Conteh | Posted 05.27.2013 | World
Sonkita Conteh

When President Koroma of Sierra Leone visits Washington this Thursday, President Obama will rightly praise his counterpart for a decade of democracy, and for recovering from a devastating civil war. But Sierra Leone's progress is precarious.

Reflections From Sundance About the Power of Data Versus Story

Tim Hanstad | Posted 04.01.2013 | Impact
Tim Hanstad

As a data-driven leader, for years I have carried a prejudice against the value and power of storytelling, often thinking of stories as too anecdotal, bordering on the shallow.

Cambodia Prepares for Obama, but at What Cost?

Kirsten Han | Posted 01.16.2013 | World
Kirsten Han

Almost two weeks after his reelection, U.S. President Barack Obama will be the first sitting president to visit Cambodia for the East Asian Summit.

Report Examines Land And Forest Activist Killings

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 06.21.2012 | Green

A new report from international NGO Global Witness suggests that, in the past decade, 711 individuals have been killed while defending land and forest...

Conflicts Continue Over Resources in Panama -- Two More Indigenous People Killed

Veronique Pittman | Posted 04.11.2012 | World
Veronique Pittman

Over the past three months there has been increased tension in the Wounaan communities of Eastern Panama due to illegal loggers invading their lands.