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Transforming Land Rights Management in Tanzania

In Tanzania, smallholder land registrations are critical to protecting local land rights. However, since passing the Village Act in 1999 to provide for the management of village lands, the process of registration has moved slowly due to limited operational capacity. To bring the law into full effect, procedures for registration and administration need to be…Read More

What’s new with MAST?

USAID’s Mobile Applications to Secure Tenure (MAST) initiative started small. Launched in 2014 in three pilot villages, the initial goal was to test a simple but powerful idea: with some training and support, could underserved communities use mobile phone mapping technology and participatory approaches to document and secure their land rights? Five years and four…Read More

Titling Priorities

By Land and Rural Development Program in Colombia Maritza Losada moved to Puerto Guadalupe, Meta five years ago when her husband found a job with a large biomass energy company that grows sugar cane. She and her husband purchased a lot in the town’s poorest neighborhood, Barrio Nuevo. The district remains today much like it…Read More

Romancing the Cacao

By Land and Rural Development Program in Colombia When Colombia held Chocoshow, its first national cacao trade show, at the end of 2018, growers readied their finest cacaos to compete for recognition and fame on the nation’s stage. A victory for any lot of high-grade cacao would be a welcome boost to a sector constantly…Read More

Her Land Rights

By USAID PUBLICATIONS How documented property rights gave a Tanzanian widow financial stability Asiah Samila is a farmer with five children. She lives in Mlanda, a village located outside Iringa in central Tanzania. When Asiah’s husband died, their youngest child was just a newborn. He left her with their house and farmland in Mlanda village….Read More

Promoting Land Tenure and Property Rights in Zambia

The majority of land in developing countries is not documented, impacting the ability of millions of households to make long-term investments in their property. Countries where property rights are perceived as insecure are also less attractive for investors and more reliant on donor funding. USAID recognizes that strengthening rights to land and natural resources is…Read More