• GUATEMALA BLOG SERIES #3 Land conflicts, violence and… a way forward?

    September 2018, by Jur Schuurman A few weeks ago, an international fact-finding mission led by the International Land Coalition (ILC) visited Guatemala. The reason: from January to July 2018, 18 leaders and members of Guatemalan movements defending human rights were killed – without any suspects being rounded up, not even the usual ones. 13 of […]

  • GUATEMALA BLOG SERIES #2 Land and land governance: some Guatemalan facts and…

    July 2018, by Jur Schuurman Land tenure in Guatemala is characterised by high inequality. A recent report published by Oxfam International[1] listed the Gini coefficients for land distribution in all Latin American countries; the data for Central America show that Guatemala has the highest Gini value, which is to say the most unequal land distribution. […]

  • Sugar and forestry investments in Uganda: lessons from a first Learning Platform…

    After two Learning Platforms in Tanzania and Mozambique, LANDac and partners organized their third multi-stakeholder learning event in Jinja, Uganda on September 21 and 22, 2017. The platform in Jinja focused on two major investments in the region: one in agriculture (sugar) and one in forestry (pine trees and eucalyptus), and brought together representatives from […]

  • GUATEMALA BLOG SERIES #1 Setting the stage

    June 2018 My name is Jur Schuurman and I will be blogging about land governance in Guatemala, where land and land governance are key elements in the debate about the country’s development. Raised in Argentina and with a strong Latin (and Central) American background, I have been involved with LANDac for several years now, first […]

  • Learning Platform update: Highlights from Mozambique

    Since the first multi-stakeholder Learning Platform on Land Governance and Food Security in Tanzania on April 27 and 28 (Blogpost #1), LANDac and partners have organized two additional Learning Platforms in Mozambique and Uganda. This new blogpost shares the highlights from the Mozambique Learning Platforms which took place in the city of Chimoio on July […]

  • Highlights from Learning Platform on investments in Tanzania

    On April 27 and 28, 2017, a first multi-stakeholder Learning Platform on Land Governance and Food Security was organized in Ifakara, Tanzania1. The Learning Platform creates space for dialogue and learning around land-based investments in agriculture and forestry in the Kilombero Valley in Tanzania. The main question addressed during the two-day meeting was how to […]

  • Golden Ghana: Pressing problems and new solutions for land management

    Vincent Oberdorf is a student of International Development Studies at Utrecht University who recently conducted research on land issues in Ghana for his Master’s thesis. Here he writes about some of the things he encountered. In Ghana, land is under increasing pressure. In some parts of the capital city, Accra, land prices are higher than […]