Land and Agriculture

Executive Training on Sustainable Investments in Agriculture

Date: June 19-29, 2018
Location: Columbia University, exact location TBD

Justine Sylvester Alumni Profile

April 13, 2018

In this profile, Justine Sylvester, Advisor to the Land and Livelihoods Program and Private Sector Engagement at Village Focus International (VFI) and a 2017 Executive Training alumnus, highlights efforts to encourage collaboration between the private sector and civil society organizations and discusses tools for communicating with different stakeholder groups.

Categories: Blog

Briefing: Governing Land Investments: Do Governments Have Legal Support Gaps?

In the wave of efforts to encourage and support more “responsible” land investments, one aspect has been largely overlooked: are governments equipped with the legal and technical support needed to effectively negotiate and conclude investment contracts that lead to responsible outcomes? CCSI researched how host governments access legal support in the planning, negotiation, and monitoring… read more

Report: Governing Land Investments: Do Governments Have Legal Support Gaps?

In the wave of efforts to encourage and support more “responsible” land investments, one aspect has been largely overlooked: are governments equipped with the legal and technical support needed to effectively negotiate and conclude investment contracts that lead to responsible outcomes? CCSI researched how host governments access legal support in the planning, negotiation, and monitoring… read more

Webinar: Her Land Her Story | Strengthening Women’s Land Rights

Date: April 20, 2018, 9:30-11:00am EDT/2:30-4:00pm GMT
Location: Webinar

Jeremy Agyemang’s Alumni Profile

March 12, 2018

In this profile, Jeremy Agyemang, Head of the Agribusiness Unit at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Ghana and a 2017 Executive Training alumnus, provides insights on facilitation of agricultural investments in Ghana and supporting agribusinesses with technical expertise.

Categories: Blog

Parallel Event at the 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) | Roots of Empowerment: Land Rights to Rural Women

Date: March 14, 2018, 2:30pm-4:00pm
Location: Church Center of the United Nations, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10027 (Room: Second Floor)

Odenda Lumumba’s Alumni Profile

February 19, 2018

In this alumni profile, Odenda Lumumba, Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Land Alliance and a 2016 Executive Training alumnus, provides insights into work as a human rights advocate specializing in land issues.

Transparency and Community Empowerment around Land Investments in Cameroon

By Kelly D. Ward
January 29, 2018

Samuel Nguiffo, founder of Cameroon’s Centre for Environment and Development, explains how he uses OpenLandContracts.org, a unique tool created by the Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment.

Categories: Blog

Justine Sylvester on Land Contract Transparency and OpenLandContracts.org

January 23, 2018

In this blog post, CCSI speaks with Justine Sylvester, an advisor to the Land and Livelihoods Program and Private Sector Engagement at Village Focus International and alum of the CCSI’s Executive Training on Sustainable Investments in Agriculture program. Justine explains how OpenLandContracts.org has influenced her work and how it can be used to “level the playing field” between investors, governments, and communities.

Categories: Blog