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In a continent where 70% of the population depends on agriculture, secure access to productive land and natural resources should be an unassailable right for all. But that is far from the case.

Customary governance of farmland, forests and pasturelands by traditional community leaders has been overlain with colonial and post-colonial land laws, leaving rural communities uncertain of their rights to the land they rely upon for their food, livelihoods and cultural integrity. Land grabs by investors have been associated with multiple human rights abuses and social injustices, with thousands of communities forcibly evicted and left destitute.

These case studies demonstrate how African communities have been able to find solutions, take back control, organize and carry out integrated activities, and restore the productive base of their land and soils.