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  • Woman cutting weeds in forest.

    What’s needed to halt threats to rural land rights in Cameroon

    A new briefing explores the gap between statuary and customary land tenure systems in Cameroon, and suggests ways to advance land reform so that the rights of all are protected

    9 September 2020 | News | Land acquisitions and rights
  • a small farm

    Strengthening land governance, local to global

    Land is life for billions of people worldwide, sustaining economic activities, social identity, ecological and cultural value. IIED works with partners to secure local rights in the face of growing pressures on land

    4 June 2020 | Project | Governance
  • A road going into the distance splits two fields

    Stopping land and policy grabs in the shadow of COVID-19

    Reports suggest the COVID-19 fallout is providing opportunities for elites to seize lands and rewrite regulations. We need effective responses to secure land rights and lay the foundations for a just recovery

    1 June 2020 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Two women draw water from a well

    Land, investment and migration: a portrait of village life in Mali

    In the last 35 years Dlonguebougou, a rural community in the drylands of central Mali, has experienced significant social, economic and environmental change.

    1 June 2020 | Event | Climate change
  • Women farmers bending over planting crops in a paddy field

    Curbing the impacts of COVID-19 on Nepal’s small-scale farmers and seizing opportunities for food system reform

    Guest blogger Jagat Deuja puts forward practical measures for minimising damage to Nepal’s small-scale farming sector and ways to build resilient food systems in the longer term

    11 May 2020 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • 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 cement factory

    COVID-19 and global economic ordering: radical shift or more of the same?

    The fallout from COVID-19 has triggered narratives about profound changes to economic ordering. A closer look provides a more complex picture, particularly for countries in the global South.

    24 April 2020 | Blog | Economics
  • A trail through burned rainforest

    Land rights and investments: why business standards are not enough

    International standards can help businesses fill gaps in national law, but addressing issues at scale requires systemic governance reform

    16 March 2020 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Protesting people march holding a banner

    Q&A: Successful social mobilisation for land rights in Nepal

    Jagat Basnet, a seasoned land rights campaigner, continues our blog and interview series exploring how social movements can support climate justice and interact with sustainable development organisations.

    28 February 2020 | Article | Climate change
  • A plantation

    Q&A: helping communities protect their land rights

    Pressures on land and natural resources are growing, and many communities affected by land rights violations struggle to assert their rights. In this interview Rachael Knight talks about how IIED’s legal tools team supports grassroots advocates and communities impacted by large-scale land acquisitions

    27 January 2020 | Article | 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
  • One man in a small boat on a reservoir, in front of a large dam

    Resettlement from large dams – what have we learned?

    Millions of people are displaced by large dams around the world. How can researchers help safeguard against the long-term trauma of resettlement?

    30 October 2019 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • A woman harvests palm fruit in Tanzania

    Local solutions to strengthen women’s voices in land governance

    With increasing pressure on land in sub-Saharan Africa, including from commercial agriculture and mineral and oil extraction, how can the voices of women be included in local decisions over land?

    13 May 2019 | Article | Gender
  • The new landcam website

    New 'Landcam' website launched

    Landcam.org supports improved land governance and inclusive dialogue on land policy reform in Cameroon

    1 May 2019 | News | Governance
  • An aerial view of the Southwest Mau Forest and neighbouring tea estates in Kenya (Photo: Patrick Sheperd/CIFOR, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Development finance and land rights: how we can do better

    Ahead of the World Bank conference on land and poverty, Lorenzo Cotula and Brendan Schwartz discuss how development finance institutions can better address land rights issues

    22 March 2019 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • A farmer hoes her land in Tanzania

    Webinar: Local solutions to strengthen women’s voices in land governance

    Join our webinar on 30 April 2019 to discuss experiences of developing locally-negotiated solutions to strengthen women’s voices in land governance

    20 March 2019 | News | Land acquisitions and rights
  • People planting seedlings

    Archive of completed locally-controlled forestry projects

    Forests and livelihoods have been the focus of pioneering work by IIED since the 1980s. This archive page links to past forest projects managed by IIED

    22 February 2019 | Article | Forests
  • 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
  • Large-scale international investments in Cameroon have highlighted the importance of protecting the land rights of rural people (Photo: World Agroforestry Centre, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Legal activism key to securing land rights in new investment phase

    In the face of rapid changes, how can people in low- and middle-income countries ensure they get the best deal to protect their land?

    28 March 2018 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Women farmers in Dodel, in Northern Senegal, take a break by the water pump (Photo: Philippine Sutz/IIED)

    Q&A: Getting women's land rights recognised

    Philippine Sutz describes work under way to help secure land rights for women in Senegal and Tanzania, and explains how accessing land gives them greater control over their livelihoods

    19 March 2018 | Article | Gender
  • Screengrab of a map of indigenous peoples’ territories in the Peruvian Amazon (Image: IBC Peru)

    Creating a global 'land rights family': from knowledge to action

    Community land rights are the focus of two new initiatives. The first, launched with an 'action shop' in Kenya, enables civil society organisations to share knowledge and chart new paths; the second supports communities to seek legal redress for violated rights

    14 March 2018 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • 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 mountain of tailings, or mining waste, at an open-pit copper mining complex southwest of the city of Arequipa in southern Peru (Photo: A Davey, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    IIED webinar: civil society submissions in investor-state arbitration – do they work?

    Join our webinar to discuss how civil society groups can bring forward community perspectives, human rights or environmental issues in investor-state arbitrations

    16 January 2018 | News | Land acquisitions and rights
  • New Community Forest Instructions give communities rights to commercially sell timber and non-timber forest products, such as such as rattan and honey (Photo: Duncan Macqueen/IIED)

    Forest rights create new livelihoods in Myanmar

    In Myanmar, the National League for Democracy (NLD) is transferring the rights to forest land – and all its potential bounty – to local communities. Duncan Macqueen explains how this important move, supported by peer-to-peer learning, is helping to establish new long-term livelihoods

    5 December 2017 | Blog | Forests
  • A sunset in rural Mali: a new day is dawning towards securing the land rights of rural communities (Photo: Kurt Paterson, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Q&A: How a new law in Mali is securing villagers' rights to land

    A recently passed agricultural land law gives rural communities in Mali new rights to their traditional lands. Camilla Toulmin finds out more from an expert

    10 August 2017 | Article | Drylands and pastoralism
  • 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 water connection to link the Lobé river to Kribi harbour, South Region, Cameroon

    LandCam: securing land and resource rights and improving governance in Cameroon

    Cameroon is revising its land and natural resource laws. This project supports this effort by piloting approaches to improve resource governance in rural areas and by helping citizens participate in the policy reform process

    8 May 2017 | Project | Governance
  • The road from Lomié in Southeast Cameroon (Photo: Duncan Macqueen/IIED)

    Cameroon's real indomitable lions are in the forest

    A planning mission to Cameroon's community forests by the CoNGOs project team found the Baka people brimming with business ideas, but needing a little help from their friends

    20 March 2017 | Blog | Forests
  • An image from new animation Securing the land rights of people affected by dams in West Africa (Image: Hands Up/IIED)

    GWI animation: how to secure land rights of people affected by dams

    The Global Water Initiative (GWI) West Africa has released a new animation explaining how policymakers can work with local communities to protect the rights of people affected by large dams in West Africa

    9 February 2017 | News | Land acquisitions and rights
  • The University of Southampton made a series of large scale photos of the village ranging from 1952 to 2016. Toulmin met with villagers to discuss what the images might mean for the future (Photo: Camilla Toulmin/IIED)

    Rainfall, grazing, families and land in Dlonguebougou

    As part of research recording 35 years of change in one village in Mali, IIED senior fellow Camilla Toulmin highlights five key observations from a recent field visit

    9 November 2016 | Blog | Drylands and pastoralism
  • Meeting of the Ogiek community of Sasimwani to review their draft by-laws (Photo: Namati/Jaron Vogelsang)

    IIED webinar: Using community by-laws to secure customary land rights in Kenya

    Join us for a webinar on 16 November 2016 to discuss how communities can use by-laws to secure their land rights

    3 November 2016 | News | Land acquisitions and rights
  • A woman carries firewood in the rainforest

    CoNGOs: NGOs collaborating for equitable and sustainable community livelihoods in Congo Basin forests

    CoNGOs is an IIED-led UK consortium that aims to achieve improved governance and practice in equitable and sustainable community forestry livelihoods in the Congo Basin

    4 August 2016 | Project | Forests
  • An audience gathers to listen to a presentation as information on land is shared by Open Data Myanmar (Photo: Open Data Myanmar)

    IIED webinar: using web platforms to promote transparency and strengthen land rights

    Join us for a webinar on 6 July, 2016 to discuss how web platforms can be used by civil society organisations to support communities whose land rights and livelihoods are affected by agricultural projects

    9 June 2016 | News | Food and agriculture
  • Clearing forest for a palm oil plantation in Borneo (Photo: Rainforest Action Network, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Commodity cycles, economic treaties and pressures on land rights

    The commodity slump has cooled the global land rush. But land rights are still under pressure, requiring action at local to global levels

    25 May 2016 | Blog | 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
  • Land cleared for palm oil production, Indonesia (Photo: Rainforest Action Network, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    How investment treaties protect 'land grab' deals

    New research examining the geographical coverage of international investment treaties raises concern about how they might affect public action to address 'land grabbing'

    17 February 2016 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Pre-emptive controlled burning in Belize is preventing severe uncontrolled wild fires during the driest months (Photo: Toledo Institute for Development and Environment)

    Flaming parrots and palmetto palms

    A new business opportunity could help protect Belize's Yellow-headed parrots and benefit local communities as well

    8 February 2016 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • 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
  • Cambodia's rural population is heavily reliant on small-scale rice production. The Clean Sugar Campaign campaigns against large-scale plantations that push smallholders off their land (stefans_box, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Holding actors in agricultural investment chains to account

    When communities lose access to land, or their livelihoods, as a result of large agricultural investment projects, what can they do? An IIED webinar examined how mapping out the investment chains and using 'pressure points' can help

    22 October 2015 | Blog | Communication
  • 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
  • Animation: Promoting accountability in agricultural investment chains (Image: HandsUp/IIED)

    IIED animation to help communities protect legal rights

    IIED has released a new animation designed to help local communities protect their rights in the face of large-scale land acquisitions

    19 May 2015 | News | Communication
  • Securing land rights for indigenous peoples, such as these members of the Xingu tribe, pictured in Brazil, is critical to alleviating poverty (Photo: Rights and Resources Initiative)

    Securing indigenous and community land rights in the future we want

    Explicit inclusion of secure land rights for local communities and indigenous peoples is key to "leaving no one behind" in global Sustainable Development Goals, writes Jenny Springer of Rights and Resources Initiative

    24 March 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
  • Farm labourers in a field

    Introduction to legal tools for citizen empowerment

    Can a half-acre of dry earth be more precious than gold? To farmers, herders and foragers in some of the world's poorest countries, the answer is very literally yes. Gold mining, agribusiness and other natural resource investments typically promise new jobs and public revenues. But they can also push poorer groups off their land and pollute their waterways

    3 October 2014 | Article | Land acquisitions and rights
  • The implications of land-use dynamics for poor households and the environment are explored in the short film 'Karachi Rising' (Photo: IIED)

    Spreading the word about Karachi's contested land

    A report on land ownership and low-income housing is influencing future urban planners

    14 September 2014 | Article | Urban
  • 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
  • People from Kandadji village, which is due to be flooded, meet to discuss resettlement plans (Photo: Jamie Skinner)

    Niger hosts forum on securing land rights in irrigated areas

    On 7-8 May, in the town of Konni, Niger's Minister of Agriculture will chair a national forum on legal protection of land tenure in irrigated areas. The forum will be attended by representatives from government, regional and local authorities, local groups, the private sector and civil society

    7 May 2014 | News | Land acquisitions and rights
  • 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
  • Women discuss forest management at a Community Forest User Group meeting in Nepal. Photo: WOCAN

    Gender and REDD+

    Women from poor, forest-dependent communities play a key role in the management of forests, and yet they are frequently marginalised from decision-making in communities. This is a problem as gender equity is essential for tackling more sustainable forest management, and to achieving the aims of REDD+, which aims to reduce emissions and conserve forests in specific countries

    12 September 2013 | Project | Forests
  • 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
  • ‘Land grabs’ in Africa: is there an alternative?

    Millions of people across the developing world depend on land for their livelihoods, culture and identity — a connection that now risks being undermined by large-scale acquisitions of farmland in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

    8 March 2011 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Green Shoots and REDD herrings

    Forests continue to be trashed in many places. One recent estimate, admittedly ‘on the back-of-an- envelope’, indicates a global natural capital loss of US$2.5 trillion a year, of which forests represent a substantial part. We have all recently become used to hearing about trillions of dollars being wiped off the world’s ‘virtual economy’, but this natural capital is real, and its loss is permanent.

    15 October 2009 | Article | Forests
  • Land and water rights in the Sahel

    In the Sahel, rain-fed farming and pastoralism are the main livelihood sources. In the past few decades, efforts have been made to improve the water infrastructure in rural areas – for example through the creation of new water points and irrigation schemes. These efforts have often failed to consider governance and property rights issues - who decides what and how, and who has right over what before and after the water development project.

    4 September 2008 | Project | Drylands and pastoralism
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