Landesa partners with governments, communities, and other stakeholders to secure land rights for the world’s poorest, mostly rural women and men to provide opportunity and promote social justice. Landesa has helped more than 180 million poor families in over 50 countries gain legal control over their land. This transformation—from land insecurity or landlessness to secure rights to land—has boosted agricultural productivity in the developing world by billions of dollars per year and improved health, nutrition and school enrollment. New wealth from women and men with rights to their land strengthens local economies, raises per capita income, and increases national GDP. Land rights also improves environmental stewardship and conservation.

Landesa’s work on land rights creates a wave of impact that ripples outward to communities, countries, and across the globe. When women gain land rights, it initiates a cascade of benefits, from greater decision-making power to economic gains. Landesa creates change that is sustainable, systemic, and scalable, potentially impacting tens of millions of rural poor in developing countries in the next several years. A well-written and implemented law, policy, or program does not just help a single family or village; it can positively impact millions or even tens of millions.

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