In early September, New Delhi, India hosted the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 14). The ILC Rangelands Initiative partners and projects featured strongly in the events taking place and publications released.
Pastoralists in Tanzania face ongoing land tenure insecurity. However, notable progress in improving land tenure security for pastoral women has been witnessed following the adoption of a more facilitating land tenure policy and legal framework in the past 20 years.
It is easy, too easy, for scientists and others to shy away from engaging in political issues such as land rights, even though they are a key factor in the ability of populations to eke a living from the land and to feed themselves. But without secure land rights, more powerful actors can appropriate land …
Fiona Flintan, a rangelands governance scientist with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) gives us an insight into her work and what needs to be done make rangelands secure for local users and build resilience