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pdf.png Recognising and Documenting Group Rights Concepts, Issues and Current Best Practices - Learning Note (Eng - 2012) HOT

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The aim of this Learning Note is to provide summarized information about concepts, issues and current best practices in relation to group rights to land and natural resources. The Note has been produced as part of the Tenure Security Learning Initiative - Eastern and Southern Africa (TSLI-ESA) and is specifically for those people working on IFAD-supported projects in these regions, many of whom face issues and challenges in securing the land rights of groups of agricultural producers and pastoralists.



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pdf.png Recognising and Documenting Small-Scale Farmers' Land and Water Rights in Irrigation Schemes - Learning Note (Eng - 2012) HOT

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The aim of this Learning Note is to provide some summarised information about concepts, approaches, issues, challenges, and emerging good practises and opportunities in relation to recognising and documenting small-scale farmers’ land and water rights in irrigations schemes. The Note has been produced as part of the Tenure Security Learning Initiative - Eastern & Southern Africa (TSLI-ESA) and is addressed specifically towards those working on International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)-supported projects in East and Southern Africa, many of whom are facing issues and challenges in respect to recognising and documenting small-scale farmers’ land and water rights in irrigations schemes.



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pdf.png Using Approaches and Technologies for Mapping Land and Natural Resource Use and Rights (Eng - 2012) HOT

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The aim of this Learning Note is to provide some summarized information about concepts, approaches, issues/challenges and emerging good practices and opportunities in relation to mapping land and natural resources rights, use and management. The note has been produced as part of the Tenure Security Learning Initiative - East and Southern Africa (TSLI-ESA). It specifically addresses those groups working on International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)-supported projects in these regions, many of whom face issues and challenges to securing land and natural resource tenure rights, particularly the tenure rights of agricultural producers, pastoralists and other vulnerable groups.



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doc.png Land and Natural Resources Tenure Security Learning Initiative for East and Southern Africa (TSLI-ESA) Stocktaking Report (Eng - 2012) HOT

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The purpose of this report is to summarize and present the findings of a stocktaking exercise that was carried out in November 2012. As part of the Tenure Security and Learning Initiative for East and Southern Africa (TSLI-ESA), all ongoing IFAD-supported projects and programmes in ESA were reviewed in an attempt to assess their relevance to land tenure issues, specifically focusing on the five thematic areas that form the framework for the approach of the TSLI-ESA. The TSLI-ESA is a knowledge management initiative that aims to assist project staff to further develop and document their activities, to share experiences and tools amongst different projects, to identify common problems and issues and to search for and pilot the use of new and innovative strategies. This report has been produced for internal use within the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the United Nations Human Settlements Agency (UN-Habitat), as well as for distribution among IFAD-supported project and programme staff.



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pdf.png Women's Access to Land in Sub-Saharan Africa (Eng - 2012) HOT

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Women, in particular widows and women-headed households, tend to be denied or are assigned weaker land rights and as a result are often amongst the most vulnerable people in society. Strengthening their rights to land contributes not only to gender equality but also to poverty reduction, since women are responsible for household subsistence production and welfare. IFAD’s experience shows that improving women’s economic status is essential for overall improvement in their social status and well-being, but for women’s economic status to improve, they need secure access to land. Customary land tenure systems prevail in most areas where IFAD-supported programmes are implemented. Under customary law, women tend to have weaker but nonetheless protected rights.



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pdf.png Proceedings of the Expert Group Meeting on Land Indicators (Eng - 2014) HOT

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Secure access to land for a range of land users has increasingly come to be seen as a critical aspect in the attainment of various development goals, from poverty reduction and food security, through women's empowerment and social equity, to the sustainable management of natural resources. For farmers and all kinds of commercial ventures – small and large – secure tenure over land assets is part of an enabling environment for investment that raises productivity, creates income and helps to overcome poverty and food insecurity. For women, having secure tenure rights over land and associated natural resources, as well as housing and business assets, can be critical to attaining effective equal rights and power within the household, community and society. The respect and protection of legitimate tenure rights can be important to the realization of a range of human rights, include rights to adequate housing and food, and the territorial rights of indigenous peoples.



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pdf.png Land rights indicators for the Post-2015 Development Agenda / Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - (Eng - 2014) HOT

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To harmonize monitoring efforts around land tenure, global stakeholder organizations joined together in 2012 to establish the Global Land Indicator Initiative (GLII). GLII seeks to derive a list of globally comparable harmonized land indicators, using existing monitoring mechanisms and data collection methods as a foundation. This document summarizes the discussions of the second meeting of GLII held in The Hague, The Netherlands on 8-9 November 2013.



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pdf.png Land and Natural Tenure Security Learning Initiative for Eastern and Southern Africa (Eng - 2012) HOT

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Global Land Tool Network

In 2006, UN-Habitat facilitated the establishment of the Global Land Tool Network as a global partnership of key land actors (now at least 45) consisting of professionals, development partners, research and training institutions, technical and civil society groups, to address land tenure and land reform issues, amongst others.



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pdf.png Strengthening Women's Access to Land in Tanzania (Eng - 2012) HOT

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IFAD's Initiatives to Strengthen Women's Access to Land

From 2008 to 2011, the Women's Land Rights Project worked to strengthen women's land rights, and thereby reduce rural poverty, by bringing these issues into the mainstream of IFAD's programmes. The project raised awareness about women's land rights and their implications for poverty reduction. Among other objectives, it aimed to increase staff expertise and facilitate research and strategic planning towards strengthening women's rights to use, control and transfer land. With financial support from the Belgian Fund for Food Security Joint Programme, the project also conducted a series of case studies in the field to investigate how IFAD integrates women's land rights into its operations.



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pdf.png Strengthening Women's Access to Land in Rwanda (Eng - 2012) HOT

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IFAD's Initiatives to Strengthen Women's Access to Land

From 2008 to 2011, the Women's Land Rights Project worked to strengthen women's land rights, and thereby reduce rural poverty, by bringing these issues into the mainstream of IFAD's programmes. The project raised awareness about women's land rights and their implications for poverty reduction. Among other objectives, it aimed to increase staff expertise and facilitate research and strategic planning towards strengthening women's rights to use, control and transfer land.



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pdf.png Strengthening Women's Access to Land in Burundi (Eng - 2012) HOT

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IFAD's Initiatives to Strengthen Women's Access to Land

From 2008 to 2011, the Women's Land Rights Project worked to strengthen women’s land rights, and thereby reduce rural poverty, by bringing these issues into the mainstream of IFAD's programmes. The project raised awareness about women's land rights and their implications for poverty reduction. Among other objectives, it aimed to increase staff expertise, and to facilitate research and strategic planning towards strengthening women's rights to use, control and transfer land.



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pdf.png Legal Empowerment to Secure Women's Land Rights in Burundi (Eng - 2013) HOT

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The paper presents the lessons learned on the legal empowerment of women from the Transitional Programme of Post-Conflict Reconstruction (Programme transitoire de reconstruction post-conflict - PTRPC) in Burundi. The programme has supported the establishment of legal clinics that inform women of their legal rights and to enable them to enforce these rights through both local customary and legal systems. The case study highlights the importance of having mechanisms for defending rights. While the programme has some success, challenges such as overcoming community resistance. Overall, the experience of the legal clinics is an important innovation that is now being mainstreamed into government policies and programmes.



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pdf.png Securing Smallholder Farmers' Land and Water Rights and Promoting Equitable Land Access in Irrigation and Watershed Management in Malawi, Rwanda and Swaziland (Eng - 2013) HOT

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The paper presents lessons learnt on securing land and water rights of smallholder farmers and ensuring equitable access to land in the Irrigation, Rural Livelihoods and Agricultural Development Project (IRLADP) in Malawi, the Kirehe Watershed Management Project (KWAMP) in Rwanda and the Lower Usuthu Small-holder Irrigation Project (LUSIP) in Swaziland. The experiences from the three countries provide useful lessons on securing smallholder farmers land and water rights for other countries who wish to extend their areas of irrigated land, especially in Africa. Securing land rights of smallholders and providing for equitable access to others whose land is not being irrigated is essential, but this has challenges. So does ensuring that those affected by the development of irrigation infrastructure are adequately compensated and also benefit, as does extending project benefits to users of rain-fed land as part of broader watershed management processes. 



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pdf.png Securing Livelihoods, Land and Natural Resource Rights Through Inclusive Business Models: Lessons From Uganda and Mali (Eng - 2013) HOT

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The paper presents the lessons learnt from the Vegetable Oil Development Project in Uganda and Mail Biocarburant S.A. in Mali in establishing mutually beneficial inclusive business models between smallholder farmers and outside investors that improve the livelihoods and tenure security of smallholder farmers and rural communities more generally. The establishment of these models has not been without challenges and sometimes the business arrangements require some form of trade-off. The success of such partnerships depends on the level of ownership, voice (governance), risk-sharing and benefit-sharing between partners. Partnerships that do not require a major transfer of land rights to investors are more desirable and socially sustainable. Any land relinquished in such deals should be done preferably on a temporary basis (e.g. through a lease agreement). Rights to land need to be recognised, taking into account legitimate occupation versus legal rights.



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pdf.png Land and Natural Resources Tenure Security Learning Initiative for East and Southern Africa - Country Report Mozambique (Eng - 2012) HOT

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The aim of this report is to capture the lessons learned during a joint visit to Mozambique by teams from IFAD and the Secretariat of the Global Land Tools Network (GLTN), organised as part of the Tenure Security Learning Initiative - Eastern & Southern Africa (TSLI-ESA). It is one of a number of reports on country visits, the objective of which is to develop a better understanding of the tenure issues faced by IFAD-supported projects in these countries and to examine some of the tools and strategies adopted to deal with these. These visits form part of the overall strategy of the TSLI-ESA, which is to identify common issues and to enhance lesson sharing and knowledge management on land-related tools amongst the various projects and country partners.



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