Emmanuel Urey hosts a weekly radio program on land
As is often the case in legal reform, Landesa’s work in Liberia was far from over after the passage of the Liberia Land Rights Law in 2018. Since then, our teams in Liberia and the U.S. have worked diligently alongside national policymakers and community leaders to ensure that this ground-breaking law reaches all Liberians. Key to achieving this goal is building capacity within Liberia, from the higher levels of the bureaucracy to local communities to share information, answer questions, and provide guidance to rural and marginalized populations. Landesa is actively assisting the Liberian Land Authority (LLA) develop a gender integration strategy, hosting workshops for senior LLA staff on the importance of women’s land rights.
Landesa Liberia Country Representative Dr. Emmanuel Urey’s popular radio program, Land is Life, is reaching more listeners than ever as the show is now relayed to a station in the remote Bong County of northeastern Liberia. With a largely illiterate or semi-literate population, Dr. Urey’s program provides rural residents an engaging and accessible format to learn about the Land Rights Law and other developments in the land rights sector in Liberia.
On the other side of the continent, Landesa is hard at work in Zimbabwe where our team has submitted several recommendations at the request of the Zimbabwe Land Commission (ZLC) as that country seeks to revive its agricultural sector following decades of stagnation. Among the focuses of Landesa’s work in Zimbabwe is to understand the challenges faced by young farmers. Currently, the average age of farmers in Africa is 60, underscoring the importance of including youth in the discussion of agrarian reform and development. By working alongside civil society organizations and public bodies like the ZLC, Landesa is able to better understand the factors that discourage youth from engaging in agriculture and help bring those concerns to Zimbabwe’s land reform efforts.
Progress is being made in both these countries towards secure land rights for all women and men. Thank you for supporting Landesa’s work in Africa!
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