By Chris Jochnick, Landesa

Technology and social networks are the oft-cited parents of the sharing economy.

The two are largely credited with enabling us to trust strangers with our stuff, our homes and our lives – unlocking vast economic value in what was heretofore dead or underused capital.

But this reading of the sharing economy misses perhaps the most critical foundation of this system: paper. Specifically, legal papers related to property such as deeds, titles, leases and the institutions that uphold them.



By Jolyne Sanjak

When land tenure experts like me write about the connection between land tenure and food security, we often focus on how secure rights to land tend to increase smallholder farmers’ productivity-enhancing investments. As studies in China, Thailand, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Ghana, among other countries, document—farmers with security of tenure are more likely to invest their finances and labor in improvements to their land.


By Laura Meggiolaro, Land Portal Coordinator

As part of its localization strategy, the Land Portal is taking a collaborative approach to partner with existing networks and transform their land-related information into Linked Open Data. In the Greater Mekong, the Land Portal is working with a range of partners who are committed to the common goal of making information accessible, open, and usable by everyone.


Photo source:  Synergos Institute via Flickr/Creative Commons (CC By-NC-ND 2.0). Photo: © Synergos Institute

New research examining the geographical coverage of international investment treaties raises concern about how they might affect public action to address 'land grabbing'.

It is increasingly clear that the international legal arrangements governing the global economy can have direct implications for land governance.