In Africa, some 70 percent of farmers are women who, for the most part, are less likely to own and control land than men, and whose land rights are disadvantaged by a web of statutory law, customary laws, norms, and traditions. Hien Tran of Landesa
A new DFID Land Topic Guide for the international land community with a summary of the latest thinking around contemporary global land issues in developing countries, beginning by addressing the key topics around large-scale land acquisition. By Iris Krebber, Senior Livelihoods Adviser - Land Policy Lead, Growth and Resilience Department, Department for International Development (DFID), UK
Women in Liberia rely heavily on land to support their agricultural livelihoods, yet remain disproportionately marginalized in their access to land ownership. Find out more.... Ali Kaba, Program Director for the Community Land Protection Programme, Sustainable Development Institute, Liberia
Community land and resources in most of post-colonial Africa are ‘owned and managed’ by State machinery, a setup that has generally been ineffective at conserving natural resources or ensuring that local communities benefit from resource exploitation. Jimmiel Mandima, Director of Program Design and Partner Relations at the African Wildlife Foundation
Godber Tumushabe, Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment, Uganda: In Uganda, we need a comprehensive land civic education and awareness program. We need to invest in educating our citizens in understanding their rights and obligations as far as land policy is concerned. This is a precondition for whatever work you are going to do. Then our citizens will also be able to ask us to fulfill our commitments.Focus on Land | World Bank Annual Land and Poverty Conference 2014 | Talking…
Babette Wehrmann, Freelance Consultant, Germany: (How land governance can become a part of CSR) There is a need to keep land governance high on the development agenda. But there must be a business case for companies, governments to respect responsible land governance. This is not just visionary, its something some companies already do.
Reforming property laws in Uganda has been on government agendas since the seventies. Uganda's Land Act 1998 was the first new law which attempted to bring major reforms in the land sector. Naome Kabanda, Acting Assistant Commissioner of the Land Inspectorate Division, Department of Land Administration, Uganda Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.
Eddie Nsamba Gayliya, Consultant Surveyors and Planners, Uganda: “When you see a region where only 25% of land can be used by the communities, there is historical injustice.” In Karamoja, Uganda, 41% of the land is conservation area; 12% is forest reserve and 25% is mining. The pastoralists have lost their land rights. The national land policy says that free prior and informed consent should be written in the law. Investors should be required to do human rights impact assessments.