Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced on Wednesday that narrowing the wealth inequality gap is at the top of this year’s agenda, and he plans to do so primarily by improving access to land, financial services and education for the poor.
India must pass a law granting women equal rights to land as men if the country is to ensure more food is grown for its more than 1 billion people and greater respect for the environment, a leading scientist said.
There is a direct link between land rights and land grabs, says the IMF. Countries with better governance and land rights laws are less likely to agee to large-scale land purchases by foreign investors. That makes sense, but the additional claim that smallholder land ownership directly increases family farm productivity and income is now coming under question.
I’ve been reporting this week on the United Nations’ declared support (however vague) for expanding the global health agenda to…