Landesa

0 China’s Great Leap towards Rapid Urbanization

Here’s the plan. China wants to move 250,000,000 people out of its rural areas and into cities within the next 15 years. There are 316 million people in the United States. China’s plan is to move nearly as many people as the world’s third most populous country. To do so,…

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.

0 Seattle Times profile of Landesa’s work with women farmers in India

The Seattle Times, with support from The Seattle International Foundation (also one of my primary funders), has produced a beautiful and in-depth report on the work of Landesa promoting land rights for women in India. It’s a great read, written by Melissa Allison and photographed by Erika Shultz. Woman farmer…

2 Update: Humanitarian rankers don’t like getting ranked on

In case you haven’t been following the comment thread on my earlier post regarding the Top 100 NGOs as identified by Global Journal, I wanted to post here a critical look at the rankings by development professional Dave Algoso. Algoso is an expert on aid and development issues. Here is…

0 Land grab: Ethiopia boots 70,000; Brits displace 20,000 in Uganda

Aid organizations are trying to call attention to a little-noticed but massive plague spreading across Africa that is destroying communities, throwing many deeper into poverty and perhaps causing the deaths of many thousands. Not AIDS or malaria. It’s an outbreak of property seizures and community displacements known as the land…

0 Land rush update: Uganda displaces 22,000 poor farmers to plant trees

The ongoing trend of foreign investors purchasing massive tracts of land in poor countries isn’t getting much media attention in the U.S., but one case in Uganda may change that. Oxfam International reported a few weeks ago that the Ugandan government, on behalf of a British company and with financial…

0 Land reform and bulletproof vests

Roy Prosterman might, on first glance, suggest a kindly hobbit. The retired UW law professor is a friendly, gentle and small (in stature) man who hardly looks like a radical social reformer who could bring on death threats. Prosterman’s non-profit organization, now called Landesa (formerly RDI, Rural Development Institute), sounds…