Land Matters Media Scan – 5 January 2018

Photo by: John Dwyer / The Cloudburst Group

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


  1. Three organizations lead farmers to document their farmlands – mentions USAID’s Tenure and Global Climate Change Project in Ghana (12/24/17)
    Source: Ghana News Agency

Upcoming Events

  1. Land Tenure and Property Rights MOOC 3.0 (1/8-4/15/18)
    Source: USAID LandLinks
  2. Customary Land Recognition: Zambian Approach to Documentation and Administration (1/15-2/6/18)
    Source: Land Portal Foundation

Reports and Publications

  1. In the hands of farmers: Ethiopia’s push to restore degraded lands (12/28/17)
    Source: CIFOR
    Related report: Exclosures as forest and landscape restoration tools: lessons from Tigray Region, Ethiopia


  1. Here’s what you need to know from the Global Landscapes Forum (12/22/17)
    Source: Devex
  2. UN plans to double farmers’ income in Africa in three years (12/21/17)
    Source: Down to Earth
  3. Bitcoin, blockchain and the fight against poverty (12/22/17)
    Source: Financial Times (subscription req’d)
  4. Homelessness to digital IDs: five property rights hotspots in 2018 (12/26/17)
    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Indigenous Peoples

  1. Braiding Science Together with Indigenous Knowledge (12/21/17)
    Source: Scientific American
  2. 5 Maps Show How Important Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Are to the Environment (12/20/17)
    Source: World Resources Institute
  3. Kenya: Forest is our ancestral land, Sengwer community say resisting eviction (1/3/18)
    Source: Capital News
  4. Paraguay: An Indigenous Community in Paraguay Faces One of the Biggest Hydroelectric Dams in the World (12/23/17)
    Source: Global Voices


  1. In Ghana, a feminist push for fairer farming (12/20/17)
    Source: The Christian Science Monitor
  2. Rwanda: New study shows rise in land disputes, efficiency of Abunzi (12/22/17)
    Source: New Times
  3. South Africa: Motlanthe’s Land-Reform Panel Idea A Step In Right Direction (12/22/17)
    Source: Huffington Post South Africa
  4. South Africa: #LandExpropriation ANC’s land policy may stoke tensions, farmers warn (12/24/17)
    Source: IOL


  1. Barbuda fears land rights loss in bid to spread tourism from Antigua (12/27/17)
    Source: The Guardian
  2. Amid surging conflict, Brazil launches digital tool to monitor changes in land use (12/21/17)
    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
  3. Colombia: Land and Peace (1/4/18)
    Source: PBI Colombia
  4. Colombia: ‘It’s a perverse system’: how Colombia’s farmers are reforesting their logged land (12/29/17)
    Source: The Guardian


  1. Burma: A farmers activist is beaten to death, and the video goes viral. How tensions over land are tearing at Myanmar (12/29/17)
    Source: Los Angeles Times
  2. Cambodia: Disputes over land fall in 2017 (1/1/18)
    Source: Khmer Times
  3. Cambodia: Agriculture sector has seen its share of empty promises (12/27/17)
    Source: The Phnom Penh Post
  4. India: Legal Loopholes That Plague Land Titling in India (12/20/17)
    Source: The Wire


  1. The Solomon Islands: Landowners to rescue Solomon Islands mine – and perhaps more (12/21/17)
    Source: Lowy Institute