Land and Agriculture

Executive Training on Sustainable Investments in Agriculture

Date: June 11-21, 2019
Location: Columbia University

Innovative Financing Solutions for Community Support in the Context of Land Investments

Communities affected by agricultural, forestry, and other resource investments urgently need increased funding for legal and technical support. Without support, communities risk losing access to critical land and resources, suffering human rights violations, or missing opportunities to benefit from investments. A lack of community support can also lead to conflict and challenges that are damaging… read more

Legal Empowerment in Liberia: An Interview with Green Advocates

By Nadra Rahman
March 22, 2019

To give rural communities more leverage in the decisions that affect their lands, Liberian NGO Green Advocates has been using OpenLandContracts.org to deepen understanding of land contracts and empower rights holders to participate in decision-making.

Categories: Blog

Opening Up Sugar Contracts in Southeast Asia: An Interview with Golda Benjamin

By Ayesha Audu
December 18, 2018

A recent project by the Business & Human Rights Resource Center shows how OpenLandContracts.org can be used to strengthen advocacy around corporate accountability and good governance of natural resources.

Categories: Blog

Marcela Chaves Alumni Profile

December 8, 2018

In this alumni profile, Marcela Chaves, Advisor to the Land and Sustainable Livelihoods Program at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and a 2018 Executive Training alumnus, highlights the importance of meaningfully engaging with all stakeholders to promote responsible investments in agriculture and improved livelihoods for rural communities.

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Marian Amissah-Ocran Harrison Alumni Profile

In this alumni profile we feature Marian Amissah-Ocran Harrison, a Women’s Empowerment Programme Coordinator at the Initiative for Gender Equality and Development in Africa (IGED-Africa) and an alumnus of the 2017 CCSI Executive Training on Sustainable Investment in Agriculture. Marian discusses her legal, policy, and advocacy work on women’s economic empowerment and land rights, including her advocacy for the ground-breaking Resolution on Women’s Rights to Land and Other Productive Resources.

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Agricultural Investments under International Investment Law

International investment law, based primarily on international investment treaties, plays an important role in the governance of investment in agriculture, forestry, and fishing. The obligations established by these treaties, and enforced by means of investor–state arbitration, can present challenges for policy-makers and others seeking to ensure that investments are sustainable, including by affecting the ways… read more

Renewable Energy and the SDGs: Exploring Links with Extractives, Agriculture, and Land Use

Date: September 24, 2018, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Philanthropy New York, 1500 Broadway, 7th Fl, Central Park Room

New Guides Help Communities Avoid Exploitative Contracts

By Sam Szoke-Burke
September 10, 2018

Would you sign a lease that gave your landlord “sole discretion” in deciding on how any disputes you have with them would be resolved? Would you spend months or years negotiating a contract only to have it include a clause saying it is not legally enforceable? These are the sorts of alarming features that we have seen in agreements between communities and investors seeking to community lands and resources. They were also one factor behind CCSI’s and Namati’s decision to develop new guides to help communities understand their rights and avoid exploitative agreements.

Here’s How Cameroon Can Achieve Land Contract Transparency

By Téodyl Nkuintchua, Sam Szoke-Burke, and Horline Njike
August 29, 2018

Cameroon’s new code on transparency and good governance promises to remove the shroud of secrecy that has hovered over contracts the government has signed with natural resource investors. It should also require the publication of investor-state contracts for agriculture and forestry projects. Everything appears to be lined up for Cameroon to advance on land contract transparency; here’s how the government can fulfill this promise.