Land for Communities: Fulfilling Human Rights and Protecting the Planet

Half the land in the world today, including forests, grasslands, and small farms, belongs to and is managed by local communities and indigenous peoples. Two and a half billion people depend on this land for their livelihoods. Yet it is estimated that these communities have recognized rights over only one fifth of their land. National governments are obligated by international human rights law to recognize the rights of indigenous peoples and to protect the right to food and other rights of rural communities. In addition to fulfilling human rights, there are many additional benefits of protecting community land rights: reduction of conflict, reduction of involuntary migration pressures, and protection of the ecosystems that cool our warming planet. Unfortunately, much community-held land is at risk of being grabbed by business interests, with the complicity of governments.

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  • Date Published March 2019
  • Number of Pages 4
ActionAid USA Toolkit for Supporter Fundraising

ActionAid’s impact lies in its mission to support local action and community leaders. We believe that power comes from the people. Following this belief, we aim to provide the tools necessary so that all people (including you!) can achieve the changes they want to see in their communities and in the world. By organizing and… read more

    Burned – Deception, Deforestation and America’s Biodiesel Policy

    A trip down a dusty dirt road in northern Argentina provides a picture of the reality of the modern biodiesel industry. On the left-hand side lies a pristine forest, teeming with wildlife: howler monkeys, tapirs, and jaguars. On the right, new soy fields are being carved into pristine forest. Burnt trees and the white ash they leave behind stretch for as far as the eye can see.

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    • Date Published January 9, 2018
    • Number of Pages 16
    Land Rights, Palm Oil and Conflict in Guatemala

    Indigenous peoples and small-scale farmers in Guatemala, especially women, are facing an ongoing threat to their existence due to loss of their land to agribusiness plantations. Indigenous communities in the municipality of Raxruhá in Alta Verapaz are confronting land grabbing by palm oil companies. The State of Guatemala must recognize community land rights, and governments… read more

    • Date Published September 2017
    • Number of Pages 4
    Soybean Plantations: A Threat to Communities in the Cerrado Amazon Transition Zone

    Soybean plantations are overtaking much of Brazil’s Cerrado region as large-scale agriculture expands across the globe, driving out indigenous peoples and local communities and driving up land prices. The prospect of soy expansion in the Cerrado has attracted not only Brazilian land grabbers but also international investors.

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    • Date Published September 2017
    • Number of Pages 4
    ActionAid International Strategy 2028: Action for Global Justice

    ActionAid International presents its vision and strategy over the next decade to achieve social justice and equality and to eradicate poverty.

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    • Date Published July 31, 2017
    • Number of Pages 40