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Strengthening community-based natural resource management in Zambia

Photo: A zebra grazes within the South Luangwa National Park in eastern Zambia. For many local communities, wildlife tourism provides for livelihoods and a further need to properly manage natural resources. Source: Rita Singer for USAID Bupe Banda was the Zambia Community Resource Board Association’s (ZCRBA) first employee when it was created with USAID support…Read More

USAID partnership in Zambia strengthens advocacy for community rights

Photo: Bupe Banda serves as the National Administrator for the Zambia Community Resource Board Association. In Zambia, rural communities rarely have the funds and skills to effectively manage wildlife resources on their own. Community Resources Boards (CRBs) have long-represented communities within the wildlife sector, but have largely had isolated voices and limited ability to advocate…Read More

Land Lease Auctions Boost Local Government Transparency, Income in Tajikistan

When Tajikistan achieved independence in 1991, local governments managed up to 35 percent of agricultural land. Leasing state land was complicated, inefficient, and time-consuming. Farmers had unequal access to land and information — it was often unclear why some farmers received land but not others. As a result, leasing land failed to raise income for…Read More

After 10 Years, Female Farmer Wins Land Share in Court in Tajikistan

In Khatlon Province, Tajikistan, more female farmers are learning of their land rights and seek to exercise and defend those rights. Through the Feed the Future Tajikistan Land Market Development Activity, tashabbuskors — community activists — and Legal Aid Center (LAC) lawyers support female farmers in the province in 12 target districts. In Dusti District, Nuri…Read More

PepsiCo, USAID Launch Five-Year, $20 Million Partnership to Empower Women in Agriculture

New initiative aims to demonstrate the business case for supporting a gender-inclusive supply chain while increasing sustainable food production PepsiCo (NASDAQ: PEP) announced a new five-year, $20 million partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) under the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative, supporting the global food and beverage leader’s efforts to empower…Read More

What Corporations and Smallholder Farmers Have in Common: Addressing the Challenge of Land Rights in Emerging Markets

This article was originally published on the Next Billion website.  By: Mary Hobbs, Director for the Agriculture, Environment, and Business Office, USAID/Mozambique Mozambican farmer Lucia Maurício farms about 10 hectares (25 acres) of land to feed her five growing children. Portucel Executive Director Paulo Silva manages more than 13,000 hectares (32,000 acres) of eucalyptus farms…Read More