Secure land tenure — both formal and informal — strengthens stakeholders’ rights and is essential to sound stewardship of land and natural resources. Our work removes legal obstacles and broadens citizens’ understanding of the legal framework governing land and resource rights. Through evidence-based research, we inform land tenure and rural development policy as well as support sustainable economic opportunities and productive livelihoods.
Land Tenure and Resource Governance.
Mitigating Climate Change in Colombia
With progressive policies and private sector and community engagement, Colombia is turning its international greenhouse gas emissions reduction commitments into action.
Advancing Land Policy in Rwanda
With the highest population density in Africa, Rwanda needs to take action to improve its land policies and teach citizens to understand the legal framework for land governance.
Assisting Farmers in Tajikistan
In Tajikistan, agrarian reform and the promotion of land rights for citizens have given farmers better control over their livelihoods and increased productivity of the agriculture sector.
Unlocking Ukraine’s Agricultural Potential
With better policies, Ukraine can leverage its agriculture sector to get the most out of its arable land while supporting its more than 4 million smallholder farmers.
Promoting Agricultural Growth in Ukraine
A vital part of Ukraine’s economy, the agriculture sector required systematic attention and strengthening.
Land and Property Rights Meet the SDGs: Reflections from the 2019 World Bank Land and Poverty Conference
It appears the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are wobbling along fitfully, and the general consensus among attendees at this year’s annual World Bank Land and Poverty Conference seemed to be that we’re not on track to meet our goals related to land and property rights. This year’s conference offered a smorgasbord of lessons learned, applied…
6 Myths About Youth and Land
A few basic facts: there were 1.2 billion youth aged 15 to 24 years globally in 2015, accounting for one out of every six people worldwide. By 2030, the target date for achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the number of youth is projected to grow by 7 percent, to nearly 1.3 billion. Given…
Is “Secure Enough” Good Enough for Land Tenure? A Case Study from Rwanda
What is “secure enough” tenure? The concept of “secure enough” tenure has been discussed in the context of humanitarian and post-disaster programming and increasingly through donor initiatives. In our new paper, we adopt the following definition of secure enough tenure, established by USAID: “[T]he benchmark of tenure security [is] when rights to land and natural…
Benefiting Equally from Land – Reaching Women Before It’s Too Late
The timing, approach, and pace of land reform and collective farm restructuring throughout the former Soviet republics has varied dramatically – and in many places is still ongoing. Whether government chose to privatize land, guarantee land use rights, or keep the status quo of state ownership, land and access to it remains critical for millions…
This Land is My Land: Securing Land Rights for Vulnerable Groups Through Responsible Governance
This week, hundreds of the world’s leading land rights scholars, practitioners, and governors will convene in our nation’s capital for the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “Scaling up Responsible Land Governance,” and conference-goers will join forces to develop clear pathways for “working at scale, mainstreaming innovations, and…
Know Your SDGs: Land Matters for Sustainable Development
Insecurity of land tenure and property rights is cited as a precipitating, if not primary, cause of contemporary global poverty and inequality. Research from a range of sources including the World Bank, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, OECD, civil society organizations, and academic institutions show that strengthening land and property rights goes hand…
News: Chemonics Presents at EU Conference on Property Rights and Land Governance
Property rights and land governance are intertwined with many development issues, compelling donors to re-examine their approach to land governance, legal frameworks, and policies. On April 9, the European Union debated a resolution to increase its development focus on property rights and hosted a discussion in Brussels, Belgium with the international community entitled “Property Rights: The Missing…
News: Chemonics Presents Political Economic Analysis at World Bank Conference
Chemonics International is pleased to take part in the 15th annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty from March 24 to 27, 2014, at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The theme of this year’s conference is “Integrating Land Governance into the Post-2015 Agenda: Harnessing Synergies for Implementation and Monitoring Impact.” The conference will focus…
News: Chemonics Promotes Land Rights
Visit the Devex Land Matters website to learn more about the campaign. With 75 percent of the poor in developing countries living in rural areas, land rights and secure tenure is a critical issue in promoting economic growth, food security, gender equity, stability and sustainable development. For more than 20 years, Chemonics has worked with international donors, private sector…