Land Matters Media Scan – 13 October 2017

Photo by: Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo

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


  1. 5 Ways USAID Will Support the Next 5 Years of the VGGT (10/10/17)
    Source: USAID LandLinks
  2. The Long Journey Home: A Colombian Story of Land Restitution (10/11/17)
    Source: USAID Colombia LRDP
  3. TGCC Burma: Mapping Our Land (10/10/17)
    Source: USAID TGCC Burma

Reports and Publications

  1. The future of farming in Africa is not agriculture but agribusiness (10/10/17)
    Source: Quartz
    Related report: African Transformation Report 2017: Agriculture Powering Africa’s Economic Transformation
  2. Colombia: During peacetime, a sound strategy for saving Colombian forests? A new study points to collective land titling (10/5/17)
    Source: CIAT
    Related report: Land related grievances shape tropical forest-cover in areas affected by armed-conflict

Recent Events

Coverage of “Land rights — combating climate change and advancing peace and gender equality,” a Sida Development Talks:

  1. Expert views: Why do land rights matter to communities and companies? (10/5/17)
    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
  2. UN says land rights defenders gagged, criminalized (10/4/17)
    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
  3. Justice, not just money, should drive fairer land rights: top U.S. philanthropist (10/6/17)
    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation


  1. VGGT: The global guidelines to secure land rights for all (10/5/17)
    Source: The World Bank
  2. Related: Securing land-tenure rights vital for the eradication of global hunger (10/11/17)
    Source: Business Mirror
  3. We Need to Improve GIS Boundary Data Accuracy for Better Development Decisions (10/12/17)
    Source: ICTworks

Indigenous Peoples

  1. Cambodia: Call to protect rights of indigenous peoples (10/12/17)
    Source: Khmer Times
  2. Malaysia: No end in sight to Dayak land rights dispute in Sarawak (10/6/17)
    Source: The Malaysian Insight
  3. Peru urged to ban oil firms from isolated indigenous peoples’ land (10/6/17)
    Source: The Guardian


  1. Launch of the African Land Policy Centre heralds better governance of land (10/10/17)
    Source: Africa Business Communities
  2. Opinion: How women can transform African agriculture — and the economy (10/10/17)
    Source: Devex
  3. Côte d’Ivoire: Ethnic land dispute forces thousands to flee in Ivory Coast cocoa belt (10/9/17)
    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
  4. Ghana: Transparency Is Essential To Proper Land Administration – GGA West Africa (10/9/17)
    Source: Peace FM
  5. Kenya: Files have scanty records, which means genuine land owners are at risk of losing their property to fraudsters (10/9/17)
    Source: Standard Digital
  6. Kenya: Technique developed in Kenya offers a refined way to map tree cover (10/8/17)
    Source: The Conversation
  7. Nigeria: Oyo begs land owners to release them for farming (10/10/17)
    Source: The News
  8. South Africa: New public participation process on land reform to begin (10/9/17)
    Source: IOL
  9. South Africa: Protests test tribal authority on South Africa’s platinum belt (10/8/17)
    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
  10. Uganda: Judge: Most land grabs are by govt officials, soldiers (10/11/17)
    Source: The Observer


  1. Barbuda: Hurricane-hit paradise for sale? (10/11/17)
    Source: IRIN


  1. Cambodia: Pressure kept on for land dispute solutions (10/11/17)
    Source: Khmer Times
  2. India: Blockchain builder ChromaWay partners with Indian state for smart land registry (10/10/17)
    Source: International Business Times
  3. India: Fertiliser reforms were linked to digitised land records – but the database is far from complete (10/11/17)
  4. India: Villagers in India’s Rajasthan reclaim common land with maps, petitions (10/10/17)
    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
  5. Indonesia: Female farmers face multi-layered struggle (10/7/17)
    Source: The Jakarta Post