CARE Tanzania is excited to announce a new partnership with Landesa, an organization that works to secure land rights for the world’s poorest people. This partnership between the Pathways Tanzania program and Landesa is intended to advocate for the land rights of women smallholder farmers in the Lindi and Mtwara region of Tanzania. For these women, land is one of the critical resources for agriculture production, and despite supportive legislation, very few women in the two regions own land. The partnership will address one of the core objectives of Pathways, to increase access to and ownership of productive resources by smallholder women farmers.
Together with Landesa, Pathways Tanzania will push for better implementation of the Village Land Act, which was intended to simplify the process of formalizing land ownership for small scale farmers. Although the Village Land Act has an explicit provision that formalizes women’s right to own land, this provision has not been effectively implemented. Through awareness raising, community engagement and advocacy efforts at both the local and national levels, Landesa and and the Pathways program in Tanzania hope to break down the barriers that women face in accessing and controlling land, in order to increase their agricultural productivity and empowerment.
A similar partnership in other Pathways countries specifically Ghana and India is expected in the coming months.