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Traditional Leaders in Zambia Shift Gender Norms and Strengthen Women’s Land Rights

Originally published on the International Institute for Environment and Development blog.   By Patricia Malasha Across much of Africa, land is not allocated and inherited under statutory law but through customary practices rooted in kinship. In patrilineal systems, land belongs to men’s families and is inherited through the paternal line. In Zambia, many ethnic groups follow…Read More

Climate Change is Not Gender Neutral

A Q&A with PepsiCo and USAID on making the business case for women’s empowerment and combating climate change in West Bengal, India Cross-posted from the USAID Medium blog Climate change is not gender neutral. It impacts women and girls — in all their diversity — more severely. USAID works with global companies like PepsiCo to…Read More

Documenting Individual Land Rights to Save Zambia’s Forests

Cross-posted from USAID Medium In his leadership role, John Zimba, Chief Sandwe of the Nsenga People of Zambia’s Eastern Province has personally taken steps to help his people, particularly women, formally secure the rights to their land and the forests within their communities. The chief and his constituents are already seeing the benefits from protecting…Read More

Announcing the Climatelinks 2021 Photo Contest

The Climatelinks 2021 Photo Contest theme is Climate Change and People: The Challenges and Opportunities. We’re looking for submissions that capture the human dimension of climate change, in particular, social and economic responses to global change. Examples of relevant photos include depictions of the links between climate change and: Conflict and migration Adapting to climate…Read More

New USAID Study Examines Gender Bias in Customary Land Allocations: Findings Have Important Implications for Advancement of Women’s Land Rights

By: Jennifer Duncan, Senior Land Tenure Specialist, and Benjamin Linkow, Senior Research and Evaluation Advisor, on USAID’s Communications Evidence and Learning project Land access and ownership for women remains severely unequal compared to men despite the fact that women are active participants in the agricultural sector and provide the majority of agricultural labor in much…Read More