Land Rights and Food Security


Sustainable Development and Economic Opportunity

Achieving food security is not only a question of whether adequate food is available, it is primarily about ensuring equal access. But in over half of all countries worldwide, laws or customs have a discriminatory effect on women and hinder their access to land. The rule of law can help make land rights for women more sustainable and contribute to the peaceful resolution of disputes.

IDLO published research on the nexus between land rights, gender equality, food security and the rule of law, and worked in Africa to determine the impact of tenure registration on land disputes and women’s land rights.


IDLO at CFS: Rule of Law Solutions for Women, Food and Land

‘Policies, laws and fair justice systems play a crucial role in making sure that women have equal access to land and productive resources,’ Ilaria Bottigliero, IDLO Director of Research & Learning, told participants during a panel discussion on the topic of ‘Land, gender and food security: the rule of law as an enabler’.

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Publication: Women, Food, Land: Exploring Rule of Law Linkages

IDLO’s report provides an overview of the relationship between gender equality, food security and the rule of law; examining a number of the key challenges that affect women’s food security and land rights - and suggests ways in which rule of law programs might seek to overcome them.


Working to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

With the commitment to implementing the United Nations' 2030 Agenda, IDLO's land-focused activities worked to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals 1, 2, 5, 10, 12 and 16. [ Find out more ]  

Where we also work

Biodiversity Gender Health Freedom of Religion or Belief Land Rights and Food Security Honduras Regional: HIV Responsible Investment in Agriculture Benin Burundi Kenya Liberia Mali Somalia South Sudan DREAMS Partnership Eastern Europe and Central Asia Kyrgyzstan Mongolia Economic Development Ukraine Egypt and HIV Jordan Kuwait Tunisia Regional: HIV Afghanistan IDLO in ASEAN Myanmar Philippines