How are land rights related to climate change, and what can farmers do about it? What is Philanthropy 3.0? And how do land rights in Rwanda help the country reach its development goals? Those answers are in some new stories by and about Landesa.
India Climate Dialogue ran a story about how secure land rights is helping farmers adapt to climate change.
“In India, erratic monsoons are becoming the new normal. According to the India Meteorological Department, this was the driest June since 1901, leading to serious fears of drought; by mid-July the rain deficit was still 36%. Odisha had a 40% deficit in June, the crucial sowing month. This is catastrophic news for over 60% of India’s farmers, who are dependent on the annual June-September monsoon to irrigate their farms. But neither Sisa nor anybody else in her subsistence farming tribal community is worried. They no longer depend on the temperamental monsoon to grow their food.”
The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy ran a blog by Landesa board chair, Chris Grumm, about her “Philanthropy 3.0” philosophy and her involvement with Landesa. This blog mentions the Skoll Foundation.
“Philanthropy 3.0 doesn’t produce results as quickly as giving a child a vaccine. In fact, it isn’t even as fast as educating a girl. Often, it can take decades. But when successful, it can impact millions of families. There are a variety of organizations that do this sort of work, often partnering with governments to implement laws and policies that create transformative, structural change. They are supported by philanthropists such as the Skoll Foundation and the Omidyar Network, which are looking to leverage their investment, maximize their return and redefine philanthropy.”
And Trust Law ran Landesa Africa Program Director Jen Duncan’s blog on Women’s Land Rights in Rwanda. The blog was created to help launch Landesa’s new Rwanda strategy.
“More secure rights for Rwanda’s women are critical not just for women’s economic empowerment, but also to help Rwanda achieve a host of development goals.”