International Development Research Centre | Land Portal
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International Development Research Centre Resources

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Peer-reviewed publication
December, 2020
Cameroon, Ghana, Sub-Saharan Africa

The paper critically engages with sustainable development goal targets (SDG-2- Target 2.3; SDG-5) to examine how and why large-scale agricultural land acquisitions modify the social relations of women’s food access. The study draws from impacts of various plantation schemes in Cameroon and Ghana. It argues that the framing of the SDG-2 appears to co-exist alongside promotion of corporate-led agricultural investment.

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Policy Papers & Briefs
July, 2020
Global

This policy brief provides details of the United Nations Special Rapporteur recommendations regarding how governments can upgrade informal settlements within a human rights-based framework. A human rights-based approach will require that residents are ensured security of tenure over the land on which they live. States are legally required to set in motion policies and plans which have as their end goal the fulfilment of the right to adequate housing. Upgrading can reduce poverty, promote economic development and prosperity, and improve the health and well-being of residents.

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Reports & Research
April, 2020
Zimbabwe, Sub-Saharan Africa

Despite an inflow of investment in rural communities, there are concerns about negative impacts on local people’s livelihoods, access to farming land, productivity, income levels, food security and access to social services. The Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) research partnership assessed the impact and benefits of large-scale investments in the agricultural sector on livelihoods of smallholder farmers using two case studies. Evidence from this project suggests that the large-scale investments increased the income of surrounding communities.

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an open up guide on land governance

March 16th 2020 web‑workshop report

Conference Papers & Reports
March, 2020
Global

This report provides a summary of an online workshop on March 16th 2020, organised in place of a planned fringe meeting of the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2-hour digital workshop brought together over 40 participants from across the world to discuss key data and key open data use-cases for land governance. This report is written based on workshop recordings and shared notes.

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Institutional & promotional materials
January, 2020
Senegal, Sub-Saharan Africa

The movement to secure women’s land rights in Senegal needs to take into account the rights of all sections of the targeted communities. Hence, the cases presented testify to specific situations along with evaluations of initiatives targeting improvement of women’s land rights. For instance, much of the quota land allocated by the Delta Development and Operations Corporation (SAED) is either untapped, sold, or exploited by male members of the beneficiary women’s families.

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Policy Papers & Briefs
December, 2019
Zimbabwe, Sub-Saharan Africa

Government intervention and local level coordination of large-scale investment decisions are important components required for positive impacts on food security, nutrition and livelihoods of host communities. This policy brief reviews two case studies which illustrate the effects of foreign investment partnerships on local host communities and makes recommendations for improving government intervention at the provincial level

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Policy Papers & Briefs
December, 2019
Nigeria, Sub-Saharan Africa

A new Model Land Use Bill is proposed to address the lapses identified in the Nigerian Land Use Act (LUA, 1978), such as poor administrative system for lands, ownership, and the absence of community participation. This policy brief promotes a new land management structure for ease of business, to improve social and environmental protection, and to reduce land-grabbing by dispossession. The impact of land grabbing is one of many problems of social and environmental degradation, biodiversity loss and livelihoods impacted by deforestation.

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Reports & Research
December, 2019
Mali, Nigeria, Sub-Saharan Africa

This report summarizes the implementation activities, “policy intersections” and the subsequent production of a draft model Land Use Bill (LUB, 2018) for Nigeria. This study broadly focused on land use intersections to determine appropriate policy for countering the problem of land rush/land concentration within the context of the previous Land Use Act (LUA, 1978).

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Reports & Research
November, 2019
Sub-Saharan Africa

The meetings addressed the progress of the International Land Coalition for Africa (ILC), its strategic priorities, and as well, developed ideas on how to apply lessons learned. ILC focuses on providing specific recommendations that instigate land policies that satisfy the agenda of the African Union. The event featured forums on gender justice, and women’s land rights in relation to feminist land and community land protection.

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Policy Papers & Briefs
October, 2019
Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Mali, Namibia, Sub-Saharan Africa

Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) researchers collaborated to understand the complex changes and patterns in semi-arid vegetation and socio-ecological systems. Ecosystems were mapped using a cross-regional coarse scale study, relying on climate data to capture global and regional trends. Finest spatial scale mapping relied on LANDSAT to show changes in land use and land cover. Details of observed changes are provided for Botswana, Namibia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Mali, Ghana, West Africa, and India. Links to referenced studies are embedded in the report.

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