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President of Colombia and USAID Administrator Sign Joint Statement on
Land-Titling Support  

The President of Colombia, Iván Duque, and USAID Administrator Mark Green met this month to sign a joint statement of support for USAID’s massive land titling pilot program in Ovejas, Colombia. “This is an historic achievement, and I am proud of USAID’s involvement to help pilot the program; one that can be scaled throughout Colombia. It is an example of what we can accomplish together."-Mark Green, Administrator of USAID READ MORE »


New MAST Pilot Supports Community Forest Management in Liberia 

USAID is testing its Mobile Applications to Secure Tenure (MAST) initiative in Liberia to help communities define, map, record, and document their resources to enhance biodiversity conservation while improving community forest management. MAST provides a participatory framework and flexible tools that empower citizens in the process of documenting and managing their forest resources. The pilot aims to enhance the community’s ability to clarify the use of forest and customary resources, to monitor their condition, and to make informed decisions

Understanding Landscapes Using
Spatial Data

USAID and other development agencies are increasingly using geospatial analysis and technology for crowdsourcing and community-based approaches to land governance and natural resource management, such as USAID’s MAST initiative, a participatory approach that empowers communities with the tools to quickly, accurately and transparently map and document their own land and resource rights



Colombia's Push for Land Titles Brings Hope For Farmers amid Fragile Peace 

Anastasia Moloney, the Thomson Reuters Foundation's Latin American and Caribbean Correspondent highlights USAID’s work on how land titles bring hope for farmers in Colombia. Living in the former war-torn municipality of Ovejas in northern Colombia, Vitola belongs to a farming community set to receive nearly 3,000 land and property titles, making this the first area where most land is formalized READ MORE »


What's in a Title?

Are property titles enough to lift families out of poverty? While land titles can create incentives for farmers to invest in their land and generate improvements in the factors that contribute to poverty, these linkages are far from inevitable— especially for women. Without investments in infrastructure, robust policies, and economic opportunities, land titles are just a small first step for female farmers...READ MORE »

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