Livelihoods built on agriculture are common throughout the developing world. Land rights are an essential asset that enables rural inhabitants to thrive by ensuring household food security and improving the nutritional status of family members. Without secure land rights (clearly defined, long-term and legally legitimate ownership of property), poverty is usually not far behind. Women are particularly vulnerable, as many cultures grant no legal protection in the event that their husbands pass away.
Innovation and the use of technology is becoming a hallmark of agricultural methods, assisting farmers in ensuring better crop yields or planting methods, and providing insurance and banking services for landowners.
GRAIN // GRAIN is a small international non-profit organisation that works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems
Heifer International // Heifer International is a non-profit organization whose goal is to help end world hunger and poverty through self-reliance & sustainability.
Landesa // Landesa’s mission is to improve the lives of the world’s poorest people. Recognizing that the lack of secure land rights is a root cause of global poverty, Landesa’s land law and policy experts help poor countries develop and implement land laws, policies, and programs that provide ladders out of poverty for their citizens and promote long-term economic growth.
Mercy Corps // Donation packages let you give a pig, a goat, a beehive, or farming supplies to those in need worldwide.
Sustainable Harvest International // Sustainable Harvest International teaches Central American farmers sustainable ways to work their land without harming rain forests. Donations can be made toward everything from providing a community grain silo to funding village school programs that plant vegetables and trees.