Disclaimer: Media scans and other posts are intended to monitor and share current news and information relevant to the land and resource governance sector. Posts and media items included in the scans are not endorsements and do not represent the views of USAID or the U.S. Government, unless stated otherwise.

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USAID Land Champion: Jennifer Chow

Jennifer Chow is a Senior Policy Advisor in the Global Engagement and Strategy Office in USAID’s Bureau for Food Security. We spoke to her about why land is important to improving food security and advancing development. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I provide policy and strategic guidance on global food security…Read More

LandPKS Developing New Soil Health Module

The Land Potential-Knowledge System (LandPKS;, a joint USAID-USDA program, announces the development of a Soil Health module to add to the LandPKS mobile app. Soil health – or the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals and humans (USDA-NRCS, 2018) – is essential in preserving land potential….Read More

Land Matters Media Scan – 18 May 2018

Here are the recent land tenure and resource management media items: USAID Taking Back the Trees – Published by USAID’s Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE) program (5/15/18) Source: USAID CARPE Factoring in Land Rights in the Push for Sustainable Landscapes – Interview with Frank Pichel, co-founder of Cadasta Foundation and former USAID…Read More

Chocolate’s Sustainability Challenge

As demand for chocolate increases globally, companies that produce it are making sustainable sourcing a key part of their business strategy. For other companies with complex supply chains, the message is clear: sustainability means much more than brand management. Originally published on Project Syndicate. HERSHEY, PENNSYLVANIA – In the 1970s and 1980s, when multinational firms…Read More

Land Matters Media Scan – 4 May 2018

Here are the recent land tenure and resource management media items: USAID Tenure and Global Climate Change (TGCC) Program Final Report (5/4/18) Source: USAID LandLinks Chocolate’s Sustainability Challenge – Written by Jeff King, highlighting TGCC’s partnership with Hershey’s & ECOM in Ghana (5/2/18) Source: Project Syndicate We Always had the Authority to Do Our Work,…Read More

We Always had the Authority to Do Our Work, USAID Made it Easier to Operate

Q&A with Oscar Luna, Administrative and Financial Director of the Superintendence of Notary and Registry, SNR Originally appeared on Exposure. LAND ISSUES HAVE BEEN AT THE CORE OF A FIVE DECADE CONFLICT IN COLOMBIA, WHERE THE MAJORITY OF LAND IS IN THE HANDS OF JUST 5% OF THE POPULATION. IN 2015, THE SUPERINTENDENCE OF NOTARY…Read More