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If carried out responsibly, more and better investment in agriculture could help improve rural livelihoods in low and middle-income countries. There are different visions of what constitutes responsible land investment (RLI) and how to successfully implement it, but it is clear that legal compliance alone is not enough: government and businesses need to recognise legitimate tenure rights of those affected by investment projects.

LEGEND outputs focus on drawing out the core elements of good practice to achieve fundamental aspects of RLI and address the information and power asymmetries that preclude any fair and informed negotiation.

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A stocktake of practice in agriculture

Reports & Research
March, 2019
Africa, United States of America, Asia, Europe

Bilateral development finance institutions (DFIs) play an increasingly prominent role in the international aid architecture. Because of their position between development and commercial worlds, DFIs can be a key player in efforts to align private sector conduct with international norms and standards. 

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A stocktake of practice in agriculture

Reports & Research
March, 2019
Africa, United States of America, Asia, Europe

Bilateral development finance institutions (DFIs) play an increasingly prominent role in the international aid architecture. Because of their position between development and commercial worlds, DFIs can be a key player in efforts to align private sector conduct with international norms and standards. 

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Lessons from responsible land investment pilots in sub-Saharan Africa

Reports & Research
December, 2019
Sub-Saharan Africa

This report details practical lessons on how to approach responsible land based investments in agriculture, derived from the experiences of LEGEND challenge fund projects and other pilots in Africa.

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Reports & Research
May, 2016
Global

This Analytical Paper explores legacy land issues as they affect agribusiness investments in low- and middle-income countries.

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Reports & Research
April, 2017
Global

This analytical paper explores how political economy analysis can help practitioners make sense of the issues, and distils insights from practical experience on how legal empowerment initiatives can rise to the challenge.

It is aimed at legal empowerment practioners and analysts.

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Harnessing Political Economy Analysis

Policy Papers & Briefs
June, 2017
Global

This briefing note explores how political economy analysis can help practitioners make sense of the issues, and distils insights from practical experience on how legal empowerment initiatives can rise to the challenge.

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Reports & Research
October, 2018
Global

This report reviews the idea of inclusiveness in agricultural investments and analyses what ‘inclusiveness’ means to different value chain actors.

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Reports & Research
October, 2016
Africa

Evidence updates, produced by LEGEND’s Core Land Support Team, provide a series of short briefs, summarising emerging bodies of evidence from different sources on key themes related to land governance or particular country issues. They offer technical advisers, policy-makers and researchers a way of keeping abreast of research to provide a source of quick evidence-based pointers on what to do and what to avoid in land-related policy and programming.

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Focus on the Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty 2016

Policy Papers & Briefs
May, 2016
Global

This LEGEND bulletin provides an overview of the main themes discussed and key messages identified by the LEGEND Core Land Support Team (CLST) during the 17th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty.

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Why land governance?

Policy Papers & Briefs
June, 2015
Global

DFID is delighted to launch the first Land Policy Bulletin, which introduces a new land and responsible investment programme - Land: Enhancing Governance for Economic Development (LEGEND).

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Securing land rights at scale: eight lessons and guiding principles on land tenure regularisation

Policy Papers & Briefs
June, 2019
Africa, Eastern Africa, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania

This bulletin focuses on land tenure regularisation (LTR), with articles from practitioners to accompany the new LEGEND report Securing land rights at scale: eight lessons and guiding principles on land tenure regularisation.

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Responsible investments: are new initiatives hinting towards a shift in practice?

Policy Papers & Briefs
April, 2019
Eastern Africa, Tanzania, Western Africa, Global

This bulletin highlights initiatives to support socially responsible investment. 

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Inclusive business and agriculture: what are we learning from the field?

Policy Papers & Briefs
January, 2019
Global

This bulletin distils lessons from a sugarcane cooperative in Malawi and a forestry investment scheme in Sierra Leone, drawing on the five pillars of inclusive business as identified in the 2018 LEGEND state of the debate report

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DFID’s work on land: what future priorities?

Policy Papers & Briefs
September, 2018
Global

This bulletin highlights the breadth of DFID's current portfolio on land and prompts important questions about DFID’s work on land governance in the years to come.

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Policy Papers & Briefs
May, 2018
Global

This LEGEND bulletin explores early experiences and emerging lessons from four of these projects, and includes testimony from community members attesting to their positive results.

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The VGGT five years on – are they changing lives?

Policy Papers & Briefs
December, 2017
Global

This LEGEND bulletin considers the key components for monitoring and evaluating the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT).

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Agribusiness and land rights: turning good intentions into tangible change

Policy Papers & Briefs
August, 2017
Global

This LEGEND bulletin explores the relationship between agribusiness and land rights. It features articles on the power of local engagement for financial investment, using technology for mapping rights, and catalysing private sector respect for community land rights.

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Can technology revolutionise efforts to secure land rights?

Policy Papers & Briefs
March, 2017
Global

This LEGEND bulletin considers the impact that new technology can have on documenting land rights and democratising access to land data around the world.

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Harnessing the law for fairer agricultural investments

Policy Papers & Briefs
January, 2017
Global

This LEGEND bulletin takes stock of some of the recent experience in legal empowerment. The result is a kaleidoscope of approaches operating at different levels, but pursuing broadly converging agendas.

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