Coordinating land and water governance for food security and gender equality- A paper by Madiodio Niasse

A workshop was held in Pretoria, South Africa on 15th & 16th June 2015. The Workshop entitled: ‘Responding to the Global Food Security Challenge through Coordinated Land and Water Governance’ was held as a collaborative effort of organizations ILC, GWP & IWMI. Presenters from across the globe made focused presentations on the topic.

Based on the papers presented at the workshop,Water Land Environment Consultant Madiodio Niasse – also former director of International Land Coalition, has developed a technical Background Paper for GWP/Technical Committee on Coordinating Land and Water Governance for Food Security and Gender Equality. The paper builds extensively on the Pretoria workshop, making reference on many of the papers presented and discussions during the meet.

The paper deals on how land and water governance are crucial to ensuring food security as well as gender justice.

The GWP Technical Background Paper No. 24 – Coordinating land and water governance for food security and gender equality can be accessed here:

It can also be accessed here: gwp-tec-no-24_web

‘I Acquired Power through Land’: The inspiring tale of Dol Maya Karki


My Name is Dol Maya Karki. I live in Kisan Nagar of Mahottari district in Nepal. Albeit I was interested in studying in my childhood, my parents never sent me school due to poverty. My parents forced me to get married with a farmer- Netra Bahadur Karki of Bardibas ward-6 Kishannagar, Mahottari district, southern plain of Nepal. Comparatively, my husband’s family was richer than mine. They had 2 hectares of land. However, there was no happiness in my family because of having two mothers-in-law. My mother-in-law was not satisfied with my work at home. She always blamed me and did not help in my difficulties. The total land of the family was registered in my step mother-in-law’s name and she thought herself as a superior person of the family. Unfortunately, she became ill one day and we were compelled to sell our 0.63 hectare of land for spending on her treatment. But she did not recover and finally died. My husband was also not helpful to me. He was an alcoholic person and he tortured me. After the death of my step mother-in- law, my family members partitioned properties – including the land. Whatever the land we got from the family that was registered land in my husband’s name. I could not say anything because of fear. I was not happy about the registration of land in my husband’s name because he was not a good person. Just then I heard the name of village land right forum (VLRF) in my village. I was totally unaware of what it did. One day I saw a crowd in Rastriya Primary School. When I reached the school and I found that the crowd was a joint land ownership (JLO) encampment organized by VLRF. I got the information on JLO and its importance through the encampment. When I came back to home, I requested my husband for JLO but he was not convinced with my proposal. Then, I shared my problems with the members of the VLRF. They came to my house and convinced my husband as well. Then, he was ready to acquire the JLO after this VLRF intervention. Finally my husband and I got the JLO on 21 May 2017 from district land revenue office, Mahottari. Now, we have 0.133 hectare of land. I felt now strong when I got the joint land certificate. Being equal partners, my husband also cares for me now and we are happy now. I feel empowered.

(Contributed by: Sristi)

Women in Managerial Positions in Cooperative: Outcome of a Successful Leadership Training in Indonesia


A Community-based Leadership Training was conducted on 4th of October 2017 in Banten Province in Indonesia under the facilitation of organization RMI.

The event was conducted involving 32 women and 20 men in indigenous community (or adat community – as it is called-namely Kasepuhan Karang) located in Lebak Regency, Banten Province. The objective of the event was held was:

– To strengthen the community understanding in women’s role and rights in relations with the natural resources governance

– To strengthen the role of management of the cooperative planned by the community.

The understanding of the role of women grass-root leadership was not only strengthened through theoretical aspect of  training but the event eventually witnessed the win of the basic ideology of women’s leadership through the decisions taken in the process.


As an outcome of the training, the community agreed to choose all women on the cooperative managerial position. 5 women were elected as the head of the cooperative, 2 treasurers (1 accountant and 1 cashier), secretary and vice head of the cooperative. This is the first women-led cooperative that would exist in Kasepuhan communities, which consists of 522 communities in Lebak Regency.

This cooperative’s main task is to provide loan for the community members whose agro-forestry garden is located in their newly-launched customary forest, after decades of struggle against st-claim of the state that it was a state forest. Together with RMI, this management team of the cooperative will prepare the cooperative’s statutory that will be inclusive to women.

Enhancing Grass-root Leadership through Capacity Building: Strengthening Women’s Land Rights in Nepal


A Two day Leadership Training entitled “Women’s Land Rights and Gender Justice Leadership Training” was organized by Community Self Reliance Center with the assistance of International Land Coalition (ILC-Asia) on September 17th & 18th 2017 at Kathmandu. The aim of the training was to develop leadership skills in women and men from various districts of the country along with various polices related to land rights. It is hoped that the training program would contribute in raising awareness on women’s land rights and increase the participant’s expertise to analyze and deal with the issues. The training was a two day program which consisted of various leadership training presentations and exercises, presentations on policies and land reform rights, development of strategies. Participants were from various areas of Nepal and some of them are even leading the land reforms activities, assisting people in their village, raising awareness at the village level.

The objectives were:

  • To develop farmers (women and men) skills to tap into existing opportunities to voice for their rights (leadership/management behavior and practices).
  • To increase knowledge on various policies related to land rights.


                                   LEADERSHIP TRAINING – DAY 1

All the participants were welcomed by Kalpana Karki, Campaign Manager at Community Self Reliance Center (CSRC). The session started with a song “we shall overcome” and lighting the candles. The session had a purpose as lighting the candle meant understanding the leadership within oneself and spreading the knowledge within the community.

It was then followed by introduction session which was followed by ice breaking session named Champions, where the total numbers of participants were 16 and they were paired into two and they neededto introduce their partners.

After the break, there was a video session, “Tough Talk with Shristi K.C” after which the participants discussed on the positive aspect of the video. As the training progressed, there was a session which involved identifying leader within the participant themselveswhich was termed self-assessment test.This was followed byMs. Karki giving a briefing on various roles of women on land rights and the importance of dual citizenship.

This was followed by a presentation by Lyam Darji on “How to lead a team and what the basic features a leader needed”.



The second day of the program started with the reflection of previous day’s activities which was followed by three presentations on “Social movement and leaders” facilitated by Jagat Basnet, “Advocacy and factors important for advocacy as a leader” was facilitated by Jagat Deuja  and “Land rights of women – Khas land policy of Bangladesh” facilitated by Subash Kattel. The session also included various exercises where the participants were divided into two groups.


There was break before the presentation on ILC toolkit, where brief introduction were provided on each tools prepared by International Land Coalition – Asia (ILC-Asia). The session was followed by exercises on developing strategy: participants were divided into four groups based on their districts. Participants were tasked to come up with: 1) their experience as a leader 2) strategies needed to develop their community.

The session was followed by post-test assessment to understand their level of knowledge after the training. The workshop ended with some concluding remarks by Kalpana Karki and vote of thanks by the participants.


Outcome of the Training:

  • Brought out a clear idea on woemn’s land rights laws, policies and implementation practices in different areas and situations through Women’s land Rights Toolkit.
  • Developed clear strategies for the trainees to take active part in implementation of women’s land rights, especially in implementation of Joint Land Ownership Strategy.
  • Developed a timeline and activity module for implementation of activities related to promotion of women’s land ownership.


Reported by: Kalpana Karki /Rojvin Pradhan

A more detailed report is available here: NEPAL LEADERSHIP TRAINING REPORT