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Empowerment and land rights

We have 23 items tagged with ‘Empowerment and land rights’.
  • aerial view of an oil palm plantation

    Land rights and investment treaties

    Commercial land concessions may be protected under international investment treaties, with important implications for local land relations. Securing land rights requires tackling these global dimensions

    7 May 2020 | Project | Land acquisitions and rights
  • A woman picking leaves from a tree.

    Assisting communities to seek legal redress for land rights violations

    With increased pressures on natural resources shifting resource control in favour of commercial interests, IIED is helping communities affected by land rights violations to assert their rights.

    11 December 2019 | Article | Land acquisitions and rights
  • A Tanzanian woman farmer displays her crop. With commercial pressures on land increasing, women farmers in Africa need support to understand, and speak up for, fair land governance (Photo: Georgina Smith/CIAT, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Strengthening women’s voices in land decisions: what works?

    Philippine Sutz draws together key lessons from Ghana and Tanzania on how to get women’s voices heard in local land governance

    31 January 2019 | Blog | Gender
  • Yanacocha Mine, in Cajamarca, Peru. The country's Supreme Court last year ruled in favour of a farmer that a US gold miner claimed was illegally occupying land it wanted to develop (Golda Fuentes, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Getting community voices heard in investor-state arbitration

    During investor-state arbitrations, the rights and interests of local communities are often overlooked. A recent webinar discussed mechanisms that are getting the concerns of local communities on the table

    5 March 2018 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • A farmers’ house in Bandevouri, South Region, Cameroon. Bandevouri is one of several locations where the Centre for Environment and Development seconded a law graduate to assist rural people in legal matters (Photo: Thierry Berger)

    IIED webinar: improving accountability in agribusiness investments

    Join our webinar on 6 June 2017 to discuss how rural people can increase the accountability in agribusiness investments, looking at examples from Cameroon, Ghana and Senegal

    16 May 2017 | News | Land acquisitions and rights
  • A woman farming in Tanzania. Efforts are being made to ensure women are less negatively affected by decisions on large-scale agricultural investments than men (Photo: Dirk Musschoot/vredeseilanden, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Enhancing women's role in land management decisions

    Large-scale agricultural investments impact upon men and women in different ways, yet women's voices and interests are not always heard in decisions about land. An IIED webinar examined how this could be changed

    24 March 2016 | Blog | Gender
  • A woman explains the importance of guarding against future encroachments on her community's common land in Northern Uganda (Photo: LEMU)

    Protecting land and community resources in Africa

    Rural communities across Africa face a variety of threats to their claims to customary and indigenous land and natural resources. Advocates working to support these communities must draw on a range of experience and expertise. The NGOs Namati and Natural Justice brought together experts to consider the issues and published the results in a new book of 18 case studies

    7 March 2016 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • African women provide the majority of food production labor in the family, but do not necessarily own the land. Research has shown that ensuring land rights for women, such as these Kenyan farmers, can positively influence food security and economic development (Photo: Bonnie McClafferty/IFPRI, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    What women want

    What would women in sub-Saharan Africa propose this leap year? IIED's legal tools team asked what women would like to happen when their communities are affected by land deals

    29 February 2016 | Blog | Gender
  • A riverbank settlement in Indonesia illustrates the vulnerability of residents to both flooding and pollution (Photo: Isabelle Lemaire/IIED)

    Comparing approaches to riverbank vulnerability in Indonesia

    What lessons can be learned from two markedly different cases of vulnerability among urban riverbank settlements in Indonesia?

    8 January 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • The new OpenLandContracts.org database will contain the details of publicly available investment contracts from around the world (Image: Columbia Centre for Sustainable Investment (CCSI))

    New online database of investment contracts hailed as a "game changer"

    IIED principal researcher Lorenzo Cotula will celebrate the launch of the first searchable online repository of investment contracts at an event at Columbia University on Wednesday

    6 October 2015 | News | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Women farmers in Senegal face challenges over land ownership. A recent workshop looked at how more equal land access could be achieved (Photo: vredeseilanden, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Getting to the root of gender equal land governance

    A workshop in Senegal revealed that issues over equal access to land for men and women may not be as simple as they at first seem

    23 September 2015 | Blog | Gender
  • The Bailique community, mainly artisanal fishermen and forest users near the Amazon River, have established the first community protocol in Brazil (Photo: Roberta Ramos)

    Brazil's first community protocol: the Bailique experience

    A remote community in the Amazon has agreed Brazil's first community protocol, giving them an equal voice in future discussions about natural resource use

    25 August 2015 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Phnom Penh: activists, students, monks and community members deliver  a petition to Cambodia's National Assembly calling for increased protection for the country's natural resources (Photo: Luon Sovath, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    IIED to host webinar on promoting accountability in agricultural investment chains

    Join us for a webinar on 11 September to discuss how communities groups can take action to get increased accountability in agricultural investment chains

    19 August 2015 | News | Communication
  • A gate blocks access to the customary lands of the Long Teran Kanan people in Sarawack. Malaysia has seen a huge expansion of oil palm plantations backed by international investors. The customary rights of local people are often ignored (Photo: Wakx, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Investment treaties, land rights and a shrinking planet

    Commercial land concessions may be protected under international investment law. Lorenzo Cotula argues that securing land rights requires tackling these global dimensions

    8 July 2015 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • A Subanen harvest dance during a colourful street dancing competition of Kinabayo Festival. Community action by the Subanen tribe in Midsalip prevents mining companies from encroaching their land (Photo: Mark Navales/Google Licence)

    Citizen power: Sustaining paralegal programmes to put knowledge back into communities' hands

    Paralegal schemes build citizen power by helping communities develop the knowledge and capacity they need to speak up for themselves. A recent IIED webinar explored how such schemes can best be supported to make a long-term difference

    14 October 2014 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • A group of men having a discussion

    Legal tools: sharing lessons from innovation

    Around the world, citizens' groups are taking action to change the way investments in natural resources are happening, to protect the rights of citizens and the environment for a fairer and more sustainable world. The Legal Tools for Citizen Empowerment initiative shares tools and tactics among practitioners

    9 October 2014 | Article | Land acquisitions and rights
  • A small-scale farmer in Tanzania

    Protecting women’s livelihoods through gender-equitable land governance in sub-Saharan Africa

    As commercial pressures on land increase in East and West Africa, there is a need for evidence and action on gender-equitable land governance.

    9 October 2014 | Project | Gender
  • Farmers tend crops in a field

    Legal and social accountability tools in agricultural investments in West Africa

    In recent years, a wave of large-scale acquisitions of farmland for plantation agriculture has taken place in Africa, Asia and Latin America, fuelled by changing agricultural commodity prices, expectations of rising land values and public policies to promote long-term food and energy security. Developing tools to improve accountability is critical in ensuring that investment processes respond to local needs and aspirations

    9 October 2014 | Project | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Women smallholders replanting rice in the irrigated area around the Bagré dam in Burkina Faso (Photo: Barbara Adolph/IIED)

    Large scale irrigated rice farming: the state must take farmers' perspectives into account

    New report by the Global Water Initiative stresses importance of considering views of farmers in agricultural policies

    3 June 2014 | News | Food and agriculture
  • Investigating land tenure issues among cocoa farmers in the Brong Ahafo and Western Region of Ghana (Photo: Emily Polack/IIED)

    Large land deals: Complex financial flows create routes for accountability

    Complex webs of finance can often create barriers but research by IIED shows understanding and harnessing this complexity can create opportunities for public accountability

    24 March 2014 | News | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Tackling the trade law dimension of ‘land grabbing’

    As trade talks regain momentum, ‘land grab’ activists are scrutinising negotiations and pioneering new opportunities for public accountability.

    14 November 2013 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • A Kenyan landscape. Global interest in agricultural investment is on the rise.

    As global agri-investment increases, policies must put local people centre stage

    Agricultural investment policies favour big businesses, a new report shows. We must reshape them so investments meet local people's needs.

    6 December 2012 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Agricultural development: business as usual is not an option

    Following the 2008 global food price hikes and riots, national governments and transnational corporations are increasingly interested in investing in large-scale African agricultural projects. While these land acquisitions gather pace, 925 million people remain undernourished worldwide, with 239 million living in sub-Saharan Africa. In this new context, the question is not only how sustainable large-scale industrial agriculture is, but also what model of food production and farming is most effective in addressing the question of hunger – and for whom.

    5 April 2012 | Blog | Food and agriculture
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