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Land rights

When the Municipality sold Boeung Kak lake for “luxury development”, the lake was filled with sand resulting in the flooding of thousands of family homes. (Credit: Emma Hardy/ Oxfam)

Land is vital to our livelihoods. Whether we use it for building a home, operating a business, growing food, or for mere enjoyment, land sustains us all.

For small-scale farmers and food producers, for example, land is the first asset they invest in and the most important one they bequeath to their daughters and sons. Land is a fundamental component of well-being that is not captured by simple income indicators. Land empowers women and men to have a meaningful voice in decisions that affect their lives. It is the building block for access to other rights and services.

For more information on our land rights work, visit our Land Rights: Securing quality and dignity of life