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PLACE: Can land rights for farmers save Ghana’s cocoa sector?

The following is an excerpt from an article posted on Thomson Reuters Foundation PLACE. Follow the link for the full article.  By Nellie Peyton NYAME NNAE, Ghana – Since Emmanuel Agyekum took over a decade ago as chief of Nyame Nnae, a poor cocoa farming village in western Ghana, people’s incomes have fallen and his…Read More

Pastoral Communities Receive 2.7 Million Hectares of Land in Ethiopia

By Zemen Haddis, PhD, Senior Agricultural Policy Advisor, USAID/Ethiopia After five years of hard work, Borena pastoralists received the first ever communal land holding titles in the history of Ethiopia. In total, three communities covering over 40,000 households (over 255,000 people) now have the title to collectively use 2.7 million hectares of land - an...Read More

Land Matters Media Scan – 29 June 2018

Here are the recent land tenure and resource management media items: USAID Risky business: Tenure Issues Main Deterrent for Investment – mentions the Investor Survey On Land Rights 2018 (6/19/18) Source: CIFOR Are Medium-Scale Farms Driving Agricultural Transformation in Africa? (6/21/18) Source: Agrilinks Designing the LandPKS App: Guidelines for Developing a Global App (6/20/18) Source:…Read More

USAID Land Champion: Stephen Brooks

Tell us about yourself. I am a Land Tenure and Resource Governance Advisor in the Land and Urban Office in USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3). Within the Land and Urban Office, I advise and manage activities that touch upon natural resource governance issues associated with a range of topics, including coastal,…Read More

Designing the LandPKS App: Guidelines for Developing a Global App

The LandPKS app ( helps users make more sustainable land management decisions by assisting users to collect geo-located data about their soils, vegetation and site characteristics; and returning back to users useful results and information about their site. The LandPKS app is a global app that can be used in any location around the world. As…Read More

Evaluation of the Community Land Protection Program in Liberia

USAID’s E3/Land and Urban Office, Namati and the International Development Research Centre jointly funded a rigorous midline evaluation of the Community Land Protection Program (CLPP) in rural Liberia. While previous research has focused on the effects of individual land titling programs, there is little quantitative evidence of the effects of supporting communities to protect and govern…Read More