Land Matters Media Scan – 11 August 2017

Photo by: UN Photo / Gill Fickling

Here are the recent land tenure and resource management media items:


  1. Land Portal Foundation Rwanda Country Portfolio provides comprehensive understanding of post-conflict land governance – mentions USAID’s Rwanda publications (8/2/17)
    Source: Land Portal
  2. A Mobile Application to Secure Land Tenure (8/4/17)
    Source: USAID LandLinks / New America
  3. Strengthening the Liberian Land Authority to Promote Peace and Security (8/7/17)
    Source: USAID LandLinks / Tetra Tech

Reports and Publications

  1. New paper discusses women’s land rights as a pathway to poverty reduction (7/26/17)
    Source: CGIAR
    Related IFPRI paper: Women’s land rights as a pathway to poverty reduction: A framework and review of available evidence
  2. Capital investment worth worth 3% of GDP “stalled” in India due to land aquisition problems: High profile report (8/9/17)
    Source: Counterview
    Related NRMC report: India: Land Governance Country Narrative (Full Report)


  1. The Land Toolbox Is Full (7/24/17)
    Source: GIM
  2. Land Update: Stakeholders Present Progress on Tenure Security and Monitoring (8/3/17)
    Source: IISD
  3. Prerequisites for Incorporating Blockchain into a Registry (7/31/17)
    Source: New America

Indigenous Peoples

  1. Brazil’s Temer threatens constitutional indigenous land rights (8/1/17)
    Source: Mongabay
  2. Egypt’s indigenous Nubians continue their long wait to return to ancestral lands (7/24/17)
    Source: PRI
  3. For secure land rights, indigenous forest communities need more than just titles (8/9/17)
    Source: CIFOR


  1. Loss of Fertile Land Fuels ‘Looming Crisis’ Across Africa (7/29/17)
    Source: New York Times
  2. Related: In the news: Degraded land spurs conflict in Kenya (7/29/17)
    Source: Conservation International
  3. Ghana: Surveyors Urged to have Leadership Skills (8/1/17)
    Source: Ghana News Agency
  4. Ghana: Queen Mothers engaged to champion women land rights (8/3/17)
    Source: Ghana News Agency
  5. Sierra Leone News: Land rights policy contributes to poverty reduction (7/28/17)
    Source: Awoko
  6. Sierra Leone News: Land Title registration does not guarantee security (8/1/17)
    Source: Awoko
  7. Sierra Leone News: Compulsory land registration to be enforced (8/7/17)
    Source: Awoko
  8. South Africa: Job losses at tea estate a ‘failed example of ANC’s land reform policy’ (8/2/17)
    Source: Capricorn Voice


  1. Bolivia Produces More Than 95% of Its Food: Minister (7/31/17)
    Source: TeleSUR


  1. Mongolia: How a group of Mongolian herders took on a mining giant — and won (8/9/17)
    Source: Devex
  2. Cambodia: Rubber giant to give back land (7/27/17)
    Source: Khmer Times
  3. INTERVIEW-India plans overhaul of colonial-era land titles (7/26/17)
    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
  4. India: Kashmiri woman challenges state’s ‘discriminatory’ property law (7/31/17)
    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
  5. India: Landless and widowed women in south India bear brunt of drought (8/7/17)
    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
  6. India: A field of her own (8/4/17)
    Source: The Indian Express
  7. Forbidden fruit: Indonesia palm oil plantations boost security to stop thieves (8/9/17)
    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
  8. Philippines: Duterte wants land-use law, strict mining rules (7/25/17)
    Source: Business Mirror
  9. Thailand: Harassed by palm oil company, Thai village defends land (8/9/17)
    Source: Al Jazeera
  10. Vietnam: ‘outrageous’ jailing of land rights activist is latest in growing crackdown (7/25/17)
    Source: Amnesty International UK