The annual World Bank Land and Poverty Conference will be held this year from March 20-24 in Washington DC. This is the land sector’s leading conference and attracts well over 1,000 participants from around the world. The conference presents the latest research and analysis on the linkages between land and issues such as women’s empowerment, indigenous people, technology and innovation, responsible investments in land and land acquisition and taxation (among many other issues). In the lead up before the conference as well as during and following the event, the USAID will be promoting its work around 5 key themes:

  1. New Frontiers in Public-Private Partnerships
  2. New Frontiers in Science, Technology, and Innovation
  3. New Frontiers in Community & Customary Tenure
  4. New Frontiers in Resource Tenure
  5. New Frontiers in Evidence, Impact Evaluations, and Data

This toolkit is designed for USAID and its partners to use as a guide to sharing, promoting, and retweeting USAID Land & Urban content around these themes.

Complete presentations, information, and a schedule of USAID events at the conference can be found on the World Bank Conference section of LandLinks.

New Frontiers in Public-Private Partnerships


There is an emerging global consensus that responsible agricultural investments require businesses and governments to recognize and respect local land and resource rights.

In response to requests from the U.S. business community, USAID has been working with our partners in the private sector, civil society, and the donor community to develop practical guidance on best practices for making land-based investments more inclusive, responsible, and sustainable. One example of this is the new public-private partnership between USAID, Hershey’s and ECOM to support responsible cocoa supply chains by helping farmers increase production, strengthen land rights, and protect forests.

Learn more about this new public-private partnership.


  • .@USAID @Hersheys & ECOM launch public-private partnership for responsible cocoa production http://bit.ly/2mRp0dG @tfa2020 #LandConf2017
  • A key issue in responsible cocoa supply chains: #landrights. @USAID @Hersheys partner to address this http://bit.ly/2mRp0dG #LandConf2017

From tools and operational guidance to public-private partnerships and pilot activities, USAID is working to make land-based investments more sustainable and less risky. Here are some more suggested tweets on other ways USAID is pushing new frontiers in public-private partnerships in the land sector.


  • Who do you believe has #LegitLandRights; only farmers, pastoralists & farmers, or no one? Why does this matter?@USAID explores #LandConf2017
  • .@USAID #landrights activity rehabilitates cocoa farms & strengthens farmer property rights in #Ghana. http://bit.ly/2mRp0dG #LandConf2017
  • From responsible investment to women's inheritance rights, learn why #landmatters at #LandConf2017
  • #Burma’s donor-supported nat’l land use plan supports sustainability & improvements 2 #landrights #LandConf2017. http://bit.ly/2nNWUQ3
  • From #landrights to ending #humantrafficking, see how @USAID to support National Action Plan on #responsiblebusiness http://bit.ly/2mDLAG5
  • US adopts National Action Plan on #responsiblebusiness - @USAID to support #landrights, countering #humantrafficking http://bit.ly/2mDLAG5
  • How will @USAID support the new US National Action Plan on #ResponsibleBusiness Conduct? Read this: http://bit.ly/2mDLAG5. #LandConf2017


New Frontiers in Science, Technology, and Innovation


Around the world, millions of people lack documented land rights. In many places, it is prohibitively expensive and difficult to map and record land rights. Often, professional land surveyors are rare and demand exorbitant prices for their services, mapping and land registry systems do not work properly, and formal documentation of land rights can take years to issue and cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars to obtain. The resulting lack of clarity over land and resource rights greatly inhibits economic development, food security, and can drive conflict and instability.

To address this, USAID has developed a suite of low-cost, open-source Mobile Applications to Secure Tenure (MAST)—which have been piloted in Burkina Faso, Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania, and Zambia—to provide flexible tools to help people and communities secure rights to, and improve management of, their most important asset: land. By pairing technological solutions with human ones—local knowledge and community participation—USAID is delivering sustainable solutions to strengthen land rights, empower women, improve land and resource management, and reduce conflict.

This story is a great example of a way in which technology is impacting #landmatters:

Tweets about different programs using MAST:

  • Rural #Tanzanians now have #landrights via titles issued w help from @FeedtheFuture @USAIDTanzania LTA http://bit.ly/2n6XZFg #LandConf2017
  • .@USAID leverages #mobiletech to share info that can transform landscapes & lives http://bit.ly/2mCKydZ #LandMatters #LandConf2017
  • Stronger #landrights = stronger #foodsecurity, #economic opportunities, gender equality http://bit.ly/2nilKL2 #LandConf2017 #landmatters
  • .@USAID believes #ICT4D helps strengthen customary #landrights. Learn more @WorldBank #LandConf2017 http://bit.ly/2ngDo2a
  • In #Tanzania, @USAID trains youth to map & record rural #landrights with a smartphone app. #LandConf2017 http://bit.ly/2mSLHQK
  • 70% of land in developing countries is unregistered. How will #tech change #landrights? @WorldBank #LandConf2017
  • Using a cloud-based land potential knowledge system, pastoralists can gather & use changing weather & land data http://bit.ly/1N8LJY3
  • .@USAID's #mobiletech helps #women & #men improve land use planning and secure #landrights, learn how: http://bit.ly/2mkfZZ7 #landConf2017


New Frontiers in Community & Customary Tenure


Customary tenure systems can be considered living social institutions and take many forms. These systems can also create major challenges for policy makers and planners trying to work with communities that hold land under customary tenure. There are many nuances that must be considered and addressed and many levels in which work can be done to secure land rights: individual, family, household, clan, community, etc.

In Burma, USAID is bringing together farmers, communities, and the government to strengthen community land rights and create policies that promote inclusive growth.


  • .@USAID is on the ground in #Burma, supporting policies that strengthen community #landrights http://bit.ly/2mQZvJH #LandConf2017

Here are some more suggested tweets on other ways USAID is pushing new frontiers in community and customary land rights.

  • .@edwinovoa stresses importance of protecting indigenous #landrights at #LandConf2017
  • #landmatters to indigenous communities in Colombia. #LandConf2017
  • .@USAID_Colombia supports @URestitucion in land restitution for indigenous peoples. #landmatters #LandConf2017
  • #Women in #Tanzania gain #landrights, thx to @FeedtheFuture @USAIDTanzania LTA http://bit.ly/2lU4onT #LandConf2017
  • “Culture’s longevity depends on territory.” @USAID partners with @URestitucion to protect #landrights http://bit.ly/2miYdIC #LandConf2017
  • Chieftainess Mkanda of #Zambia will share @WorldBank why traditional chiefs engage in #landadmin & what that looks like. #LandConf2017
  • Certificates distributed by Chieftainess Mkanda in #Zambia provide #landrights to constituents. Hear from her @worldbank #LandConf2017
  • #USAID #landrights workshops help project committee members prioritize #propertyrights in #Burma. #LandConf2017 http://bit.ly/2nNWUQ3


New Frontiers in Resource Tenure


Resource governance, tenure, and property rights—the complex institutions and rules determining the ownership and allocation of land and natural resources—will be stressed, destabilized, and forced to evolve in response to environmental and social changes.

One important area of focus is mangroves—trees and shrubs that grow in tropical estuaries—which are among the world’s most productive ecosystems and have an impressive capacity to sequester and store carbon at high rates compared to other forest systems. They also serve as an important physical buffer, protecting coastal areas from storm surges and acting as “bioshields.” Despite these clear benefits, the world has lost approximately 20% of its mangrove forests since 1980. With this in mind, there is a growing need to understand the factors, both biophysical and societal, that contribute to sustainable mangrove management.” – Excerpt from a blog, USAID, in partnership with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Tetra Tech, has released a major global report on the state of mangrove forest governance globally. This report is part of a broader study that includes national-level assessments in Indonesia and Tanzania, which will be released later in 2017.

Clam collection in sandbank beyond mangroves. Photo: Nguyen Tan-Phong, GIZ.


  • New report on the global state of #mangrove forest governance (http://bit.ly/2mR6K4i) from @USAID @CIFOR @TetraTechIntDev #LandConf2017
  • Mangroves can store up to 10x as much carbon as upland tropical forests. How are we governing them? http://bit.ly/2mR6K4i #LandConf2017
  • Learn how mangroves are one of the world’s most productive, carbon-sequestering resources @USAID http://bit.ly/2mR6K4i #LandConf2017

Here are some more suggested tweets on other ways USAID is pushing new frontiers in resource tenure.

  • #landconf2017 presenter Matthew Sommerville will discuss resource rights for #landmatters in #Zambia @WorldBank http://bit.ly/2mXTVqM
  • Mangroves are critical resources to govern & can store up to 10x the carbon of upland tropical forests http://bit.ly/2mASLhi #LandConf2017
  • Social aspects of biodiversity conservation like #landrights are critical in achieving success http://bit.ly/2mR6K4i #LandConf2017
  • Community leaders in #Indonesia recognize mangroves play key role in protecting coastal homes & jobs http://bit.ly/2mR6K4i #LandConf2017


New Frontiers in Evidence, Impact Evaluations, and Data


There is a growing body of evidence that suggests that stronger land tenure security has a positive impact on important development outcomes, such as household investment, women’s empowerment, agricultural productivity, rental markets, and credit. While the initial evidence is encouraging, important knowledge gaps remain.

USAID is working to fill in these gaps and is conducting eight rigorous impact and performance evaluations in Ethiopia, Liberia, Tanzania, and Zambia to test development questions relevant to eliminating extreme poverty, empowering women, enhancing food security, improving natural resource management, improving climate change mitigation and adaptation, mitigating conflict, and promoting democratic governance and resilience.


  1. .@USAID is #measuringimpact of improving tenure security for #agroforestry & #climatesmart ag in #Zambia. http://bit.ly/2n2N4dq @WorldBank
  2. #AskTheExpert: @USAID's @CalebStevens20 talks data, #legaledu, & training in #liberia. http://bit.ly/2nNAYEI #LandConf2017
  3. Meeting with all village stakeholders, #landrights studies help #USAID projects tailor outreach to the community's needs. #LandRightsMatter
  4. Is severity of Afar land access challenges less pervasive than previously suggested by studies? #LandConf2017 http://bit.ly/2nAbewg
  5. How does gov. involvement impact land allocation & management in Afar? Find out: #LandConf2017 http://bit.ly/2nAbewg @CloudburstGroup
  6. Afar members think traditional leaders govern land fairly; interesting finding for @USAID's impacteval #Landconf2017 http://bit.ly/2nAbewg
  7. Review legal framework 4 rental markets in #Ethiopia to improve outcomes from land certification here: http://bit.ly/2nwqKw9 #LandConf2017
  8. In #Ethiopia @USAID's 2nd-level land certification helped increase access 2 credit for some households #LandConf2017 http://bit.ly/2nwqKw9
  9. What created a 44% increase in a wife deciding which crops to grow in #Ethiopia? #womensempowerment #LandConf2017 http://bit.ly/2nwqKw9
  10. Do you know what causes a 44% increase in a wife deciding which crops to grow in #Ethiopia? We do. #LandConf2017 http://bit.ly/2nwqKw9


Additional Information & Resources

USAID will be using the hashtags #landmatters and #landrights in addition to the official #LandConf2017 hashtag.

When possible, please tag the following handles in your social media:

  • @USAID
  • @USAIDEnviro
  • @USAIDUrban
  • @WorldBank
  • @Chemonics
  • @CloudburstGroup
  • @DAIGlobal
  • @Landesa_Global
  • @TetraTechIntDev

Please also consider posting conference research, events, and communications on your LinkedIn page as well as relevant LinkedIn Groups.

Images, presentations, a USAID events schedule, and further relevant content are all available on the World Bank page of LandLinks. Please visit the site for more content and information!

Be sure to stop by the USAID booth at the conference to say hello, pick up information, and participate in live activities. It is also not too late to register for the new & improved MOOC on Land Tenure and Property Rights!

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