Agrilinks is pleased to announce USAID's new knowledge-sharing platform for land tenure and property rights: LandLinks!
Managed by USAID’s E3/Land team, LandLinks is an interactive information hub that connects USAID staff, development practitioners and land experts to the latest events, trainings, research and news on land and natural resource rights worldwide. It's also your first port of call for information on USAID's 23 ongoing land programs and its seven rigorous impact evaluations of land programs.
LandLinks contains a wealth of resources for food security practitioners, including:
- Practical guidance on responsible-land based agricultural investment
- Mobile technology tools that help smallholder farmers map their land and document their rights
- Land tenure country profiles of more than 60 countries
For Agrilinks, this launch marks an important step in raising awareness about land rights, which play a fundamental role in meeting USAID’s agriculture and food security goals.
The relationship between tenure security and agricultural growth is widely documented. For instance, in Ethiopia, land certification has led to land productivity increases of 40-45 percent in the Tigray Region, while soil and water conservation investments rose by 30 percent in the Amhara Region. In Uganda, awareness of rights increased productivity by 20 percent. In rural Benin, communities that participated in a process to map and recognize land rights were 39 to 43 percent more likely to shift their crop investments from subsistence to long-term and perennial cash crops as well as tree planting.
The link between land and food security is even more crucial for women, whose land rights are often less secure and who often lack access to productive land. Research shows that if women had the same access to resources for agricultural production as men, they could increase yields on their farms by 20 to 30 percent; this could raise total agricultural output in developing countries by 2.5 to 4 percent, and in turn reduce the number of undernourished people in the world by 12–17 percent.
And, as we explored in last year's "Whose Land is it Anyway?" webinar, secure land rights are critically important to promoting responsible agricultural investment in the developing world.
The critical linkage between land and food security has been highlighted in the Global Food Security Act (GFSA), the largest development-related authorizing legislation passed by the U.S. Congress in a decade and in the subsequent U.S. Government Food Security Strategy, in which land is mentioned over 100 times.
The Agrilinks team is excited to follow LandLinks, and we hope that you will as well!