Respect, protect and strengthen the land rights of women and men living in poverty, ensuring that no one is deprived of the use and control of the land on which their well-being and human dignity depend, including through eviction, expulsion or exclusion, and with compulsory changes to tenure undertaken only in line with international law and standards on human rights.

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Halting land grabbing by local elite through sustained legal action_Photo credits Andrea Fiorenza

Halting land grabbing by local elite through sustained legal action

The village of Rampur, in the Dinajpur district of Bangladesh, was established on public ‘khas’ land in 1953 by landless farmers. However, in the following decades, different groups of local elites claimed the land and tried to evict the villagers. Thanks to...

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Dinajpur District, Bangladesh_Photo credits  Andrea Fiorenza

Twenty years of legal struggle to obtain ownership of public ‘khas’

In 1994, the landless villagers of Rajarampur in Dinajpur district, Bangladesh, applied for access to public ‘khas’ land (government owned land available for allocation according to government priorities) that had been lying fallow for years. In 1995 they occupied 115 acres of this fallow land....

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Organisational strengthening and protection of land rights

With the support of many organisations, the newly elected leadership of the local farming community of Santa Catalina de Moza has committed to respect, protect and strengthen land rights, by registering and geo-referencing family and community land. The community has adopted new administrative...

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Vigilant civil society enforces implementation of National Land Commission

This case illustrates how non-state actors collaborated with citizens to compel the Kenyan State to appoint a Land Commission, an institution provided for by the law. The objective of a decentralised and autonomous Land Commission was to improve land governance in Kenya and increase the...

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Participatory Forest Management is up-scaled in national policies

Forestry in Mongolia has been undergoing major changes since the 1990s. The country faces challenges in protecting its shrinking forest area with limited administrative resources. FAO has piloted Participatory Forest Management (PFM), which supports the local...

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Protecting property inheritance rights of widows, children and people with disabilities

In  Kenya, when a husband or father of the family passes away, his widow and children are often unable to inherit the land and property. In 2010, the new Constitution of Kenya was promulgated, followed by laws in the land sector to be put into effect from 2012. As the land laws were being...

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