LANDac, the Netherlands Land Academy, is a partnership between Dutch organisations and their Southern partners working on land governance for equitable and sustainable development. LANDac was formed in 2010 as one of the IS Academies, a series of five-year programs designed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs to strengthen the role of knowledge and research in sustainable development, poverty alleviation and international cooperation. LANDac has now entered its second phase, where partners who share a concern for understanding and addressing new and existing types of land-related conflicts and increasing land inequality will continue to work together to promote equitable and sustainable development in the Global South through robust and inclusive land governance – rules and practices on access to land.
The LANDac network brings together actors, conducts research, and distributes information, focusing on new pressures and competing claims on land and natural resources. LANDac studies the impact of large-scale land deals in agriculture for food production and biofuels, urbanization, tourism; and the role of land laws, reforms, regulations, and voluntary guidelines and principles, in dealing with new pressures.
LANDac aims to bring together stakeholders who might not otherwise meet – particularly academic researchers, private sector and civil society representatives, and policy makers and in the field of land governance and development. We believe that a multi-stakeholder and participatory approach is the best way to ensure human well-being is at the centre of the land agenda.
The LANDac partners are: Utrecht University (host organisation), the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Studies Centre Leiden, Agriterra, ITC Twente, the Royal Tropical Institue (KIT), Land Portal, Oxfam Novib, Royal Haskoning DHV, VNG International and Wageningen University and Research.