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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Greater empowerment and security of women through the Joint Land Ownership Certificate

In Nepal, land ownership has traditionally been vested in the hands of men. This case describes how civil society organisations advocated for and obtained the national government’s approval of the Joint Land Ownership Certificate (JLC), which allows a couple to register land in the name of both...

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Communal Land Associations claim compensations for investments in their territories

Half of the total land area of Karamoja, a sub-region in Uganda, is held by communities on a customary basis. These communal lands are not demarcated or registered and are prone to land grabbing, mostly for tourism or mining. The Uganda Land Alliance (ULA) has empowered communities to assert...

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Global campaign presses food and beverage companies to respect land rights

Oxfam’s global Behind the Brands campaign harnesses consumer, public, and investor pressure to change the way the ten largest food and beverage companies do business. These companies have enormous power over their supply chains and can move the agricultural industry toward greater respect for...

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Dialogue between indigenous peoples, criollo settlers and the state resolves land conflict

The relationship between indigenous peoples and criollo settlers, living in northern Salta, Argentina, has always been contentious. Incompatible strategies of natural resource use and different legal frameworks prevented them from living together harmoniously. A conflict with the state came on...

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Innovative contractual arrangement for community-based management of pastureland improves livelihoods and reduces degradation

The 200,000 herder households of Mongolia – representing more than 20% of the population –manage around 45 million livestock heads. The public pasturelands they use are at high risk of soil degradation. Over the past decade, JASIL has successfully experimented with, and implemented, a model for...

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Twenty years of non-violent protest to benefit from the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program

In 1988, the Philippines embarked on a Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). A group of 137 indigenous Higaonon farmers applied through the CARP for access to 144 hectares of ancestral land from which they had been evicted 50 years earlier. When the government...

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