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April 2019 #LandMatters Newsletter

by Portal Web Editor last modified May 01, 2019 12:09 AM
Contributors: USAID LandLinks
Your April 2019 #LandMatters Newsletter is here!

In Case You Missed it: 20th Annual World Bank Land and Poverty Conference

The annual World Bank Land and Poverty Conference brought together over 1,500 participants from across the globe to discuss new research, innovations, practices, and policies to strengthen land and resource governance. Last month, USAID presented findings from several of the Agency’s land programs, and provided hands on demonstrations of USAID’s Mobile Applications to Secure Tenure (MAST)… READ MORE »

 

Land Rights are Key for Inclusive Economic Growth in Colombia

As Colombia emerges from a decades-long civil war, the country’s top economic minds gathered in Bogotá for a Grand Economic Forum on attracting investments. With no shortage of development dollars flowing to Colombia, how can these investments translate into an inclusive model of private sector-led economic growth? While the answer to this challenge is complex, USAID’s work in Colombia has revealed one key ingredient: formally documented land rights...READ MORE »

Success Story: Securing Her Land Rights in Tajikistan

Agriculture in Tajikistan accounts for approximately 64 percent of employment. Farms are commonly staffed by women, who typically occupy lower-level positions in the agricultural hierarchy and are often undercompensated for their work. Despite these obstacles, by age 25, Salomat Chorieva broke the mold — she became the first woman in Khatlon province’s Dusti district to head a farm. How did Ms. Chorieva achieve this entrepreneurial feat? While her resilience, motivation, and agency were certainly crucial, her success was also facilitated by USAID’s Feed the Future Tajikistan Land Market Development Activity (LMDA)...
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Improving Lives through Secure Land Tenure in Tanzania

Lack of official land documentation is common in rural Tanzania, since property is typically handed down from generation to generation. However, this informal system of land ownership can become an impediment to individual and family ambitions of investment and growth. Through the Land Tenure Assistance (LTA) activity, USAID works with 41 communities in central Tanzania to register land and issue Certificates of Customary Right of Occupancy to individual landholders, with a focus on increasing women’s inclusion in property ownership. To date, LTA has documented 63,000 parcels, resulting in secure property tenure for 21,000 Tanzanians...

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What's New with MAST?

Launched in 2014 in three pilot villages, USAID’s Mobile Applications to Secure Tenure (MAST) started with a simple but powerful idea: with training and support, could underserved communities use mobile phone mapping technology and participatory approaches to document and secure their land rights? Five years and four countries later, that initial idea has grown into a powerful suite of tools and programs that are achieving remarkable results. from women’s economic empowerment in Tanzania to forest conservation in Liberia. Here are the latest updates on MAST from around the globe…READ MORE »

Videos: Promoting Land and Poverty Rights in Zambia

The majority of land in developing countries is not documented, impacting the ability of millions of households to make long-term investments in their property. Through the Integrated Land and Resource Governance (ILRG) program in Zambia, USAID provides both short and long term assistance across a range of land and property rights issues including natural resource management, inclusive economic growth, agricultural productivity, and women’s economic empowerment...LEARN MORE »

New Country Profile: Madagascar

Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island with a total land area of 581,800 km². The country’s unique wildlife and biodiversity resources have attracted tourists and significant donor investments over the last three decades, prompting a focus on conservation. Despite government efforts, pressure on Madagascar’s natural resources is high due to environmental stressors and overuse. Check out the new country profile to learn more about the land tenure and property rights situation in Madagascar…READ MORE »

Join the Webinar!
Why Gender and Land Matter in Rural Ghana and the World

If you are interested in learning more about Gender and Land Tenure issues, please register below and join "Why Gender & Land Matter in Rural Ghana and the World: The Importance of Closing the Gender Gap in Agricultural Development" webinar on Thursday, May 2, at 10 a.m. CDT/3 p.m. GMT.


Soybean Innovation Lab researchers Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale, Dr. Mary Read-Wahidi, and Dr. Gina Rico Méndez will co-present with implementing partner Mawuli Asigbee (Catholic Relief Services, Ghana) on issues related to land tenure, access, and rights...REGISTER HERE »

 
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