land rights

4 Land rights an antidote against ‘land grabbing,’ but maybe not for poverty

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.

1 At Clinton Global Initiative: Landless women at root of many problems

I’ve been reporting this week on the United Nations’ declared support (however vague) for expanding the global health agenda to go beyond the traditional focus on infectious diseases like AIDS, TB, measles or malaria and include non-contagious, chronic disease like cancer or heart disease. Across town, the Clinton Global Initiative…