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The Business Case for Land Rights: Private Sector Perspectives on Responsible Land-Based Investment Webinar (After-Event Resources)

Organization(s): 
Hershey's
Author(s): 
Jeff King
Olga Gormalova
Sarah Lowery
Institutional Sponsor: 
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Publication date: 
Thursday, November 2, 2017

USAID LandLinks is working to support private sector partners to de-risk investments and secure legitimate land rights in order to improve livelihoods and other outcomes for communities affected by investments. LandLinks along with Agrilinks, Microlinks, and a panel of experts held an interactive online discussion titled "The Business Case for Land Rights: Private Sector Perspectives on Responsible Land-Based Investment" on November 2, 2017.

Secure, clear land rights are critical for sustainable land-based investments. But in the developing world, where an estimated 70 percent of land is unregistered, it can be challenging to understand who has legitimate land and resource rights, and land grabs and land rights abuses are often associated with commercial investments.

Featuring USAID partners, The Hershey Company and ECOM Agroindustrial Corporation, this webinar explored how these companies think about and address land tenure risks in their supply chains. They also delved into why and how these two companies are working with USAID to mitigate land tenure risks for their suppliers and increase cocoa yields in Ghana. Olga Gormalova (ECOM) and Jeff King (Hershey’s) spoke, with Sarah Lowery (USAID) moderating.