Youth migration and gender disparities due to urbanization are striking a sever blow to agriculture in Ghana. And the Reach-STR project aims to mitigate these challenges through sustainable agriculture, with the help of stakeholders.
Although women shoulder a greater share of the responsibilities, many of them are forced to take on agricultural wage labor under informal and volatile agreements with farms. These provide unreliable incomes and offer poor working conditions.
Laos has many foreign land concessions, which have resulted in farmers losing their land and traditional livelihood activities. What are some of the coping mechanisms they employ to deal with these changes?
The call for International Women’s Day 2016 asks people to Pledge for Parity. While parity is a noble goal, achieving it will require knowing how and women and girls have less access to resources like land. How can researchers help?
Matrilineal societies are widespread in Southern Africa. But what happens in them? Is there equal access to land between the sexes? What are incentives for women and men to invest in higher land productivity?
Recent experience across the developing world leaves no doubt that secure land rights for women is a fundamental requirement for ensuring that land management is sustainable and equitable. Plenty of evidence shows that, with secure rights, women are more likely to plant trees and take other actions that enhance ecosystems.
Most people working in sustainable development are familiar with the ‘tragedy of the commons’ referring to when a group of individuals, all acting independently to deplete common resources, in this case degrading landscapes. But what if someone told you that the real tragedy was that these land has to be either taken over by the state or privatized in order to be sustainable?
When women are empowered to do their research on land tenure, their voices in the community are strengthened. But people living in vulnerable situations are rarely considered as active partners in data collection and analysis.