Full citation: Crabtree-Condor, I. and Casey, L., "Lay of the Land: Improving Land Governance to Stop Land Grabs," ACTIONAID REPORT (October 2012).

Lay of the Land: Improving Land Governance to Stop Land Grabs

The first part of the report looks at the impact of land grabbing on communities and highlights three issues: that women’s rights to land are not being protected in practice; that communities do not have secure land tenure, which is adversely affecting their food security; and that the priorities of foreign investors are outweighing those of local people. The second part of the report contains 24 country reviews that examine the strengths and weaknesses of each country’s regulatory frameworks, assessing their ability to: provide legislative protection for communities at national and local levels from land grabs; guarantee gender equality at national and local levels; and regulate investment through the measures in place. Report also attempts to relay the key challenges, innovative practices and lessons learned, which, although context-specific, may be useful for other countries facing similar land governance challenges.