Research & Publications
Women Transforming Indian Agriculture (2013)
Kudumbashree in Kerala and Community Managed Sustainable Agriculture (CMSA) in Andhra Pradesh are often cited as the desirable pathways of women empowerment in the context of increasing feminization of agriculture. The collection of case studies presented here captures a nuanced understanding of the systems and processes that are empowering women and in doing so identifies the gaps that need to be addressed to make the empowerment more enduring.
The following papers were presented at the World Bank Conference On Land And Poverty, Washington Dc, April 8-11, 2013
The Fog Of Entitlement: Women And Land In India (2013)
By Govind Kelkar, Landesa
This paper draws attention to the complex inter-relationship between women farmers and their lack of rights to land. It explores the structure of constraints to women’s entitlements to land. This study, proposes several measures to policy administration and development organizations to close the gender gap in ownership and management of land.
Impact Of Licensed Cultivators Act In Andhra Pradesh (2013)
By Tajamul Haque, Senior Advisor, Landesa
The Licensed Cultivators Act has the potential to improve the socio-economic condition of the tenants as well as farm productivity, but there is need for a legal amendment, to insert a special clause removing the various apprehensions of the landowners and deleting the ‘adverse possession’ clause in the existing law.
Securing Land Rights For Women Through Institutional And Policy Reforms (2013)
By Sanjoy Patnaik and Sarita Pradhan, Landesa
The paper analyses various facets and issues around women’s rights over homestead land used for habitation and gardening, and agricultural land used for farming. It also discusses the legal and administrative procedures and implementation bottlenecks.
A Systems Approach For Providing Legal Aid For Land (2013)
By M. Sunil Kumar, Landesa
Existing models of legal education and assistance in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha offer practical solutions for resolving land problems and securing land right for the rural poor across India. This paper explains these models and suggests a systems approach for resolving the land problems of the poor in India.
The Power Of Homestead (2013)
Homestead plots leads to increase in assets. These small homestead plots are not intended to provide the family’s full livelihood, but the plots will supplement that livelihood in crucial ways.
Gender and Land Tenure Security: Challenges and Barriers to Women’s Entitlement to Land in India (2012)
In rural India, women do a majority of the agricultural labor, yet often have no legal right or control to the land they farm. A new study conducted by Landesa India for UN Women set out to discover the barriers to women’s land rights. A report based on these findings provides recommendations to address these challenges.
Impact of Land Leasing Restrictions on Agricultural Efficiency and Equity in India (2012)
By Tajamul Haque, Landesa
The study analyzes how legalization of leasing and development of active land lease market can help in improving agricultural efficiency as well as equity, thereby reducing the pressure of population on agriculture and paving the way for non-farm development. It points out how legalization of land leasing would accelerate the pace of diversified and inclusive rural growth.