LAND builds on previous USAID land administration and property rights projects from 2005-2013 and will operate in 6 regions of Ethiopia, on the federal level, and in collaboration with Ethiopian universities. The program will bolster land administration capacity in the country and will expand land certification for smallholder farmers in Agriculture Growth Program woredas. The new program will also work with pastoral communities on access to grazing land and water and to build resilience in drought-prone areas.
Date of Operation: 2013 - 2018
Primary Implementing Partner: Tetra Tech ARD
Other Implementing Partner(s): Federal Government of Ethiopia, Landessa, Winrock International, Haramaya University, Afar, Amhara, Harar, Oromia, SNNP, and Somali and Tigray regions, and Dire Dawa City Administration Regions of Operation: National and Afar, Amhara, Dire Dawa, Oromia, SNNP, Somali, Tigray

Build on USAID's substantial past investments to improve land governance and land administration and strengthen land tenure rights in Ethiopia and thereby promote economic growth, increase agricultural productivity, reduce conflict and resource degradation and improve women's rights to control and manage assets.

Project Objectives:

Support national and regional governments to improve land administration and land use laws based on research findings and public needs
Improve Government of Ethiopia's land administration institutions efficiency in land use rights certification and transactions through trainings provided by higher educational institutions
Encourage pastoral regions to introduce certification of communal land use rights and management of natural resources

LAND works at the national and regional levels of government to further improve the legal and regulatory framework related to land tenure and property rights and thereby support the Government of Ethiopia's and USAID's goal of increasing economic growth, particularly agricultural sector growth, improving rural resiliency, and improving governance. LAND uses a variety of activities to strengthen capacity of land administration and land use institutions. In addition, LAND supports activities focusing on securing rights to community lands, strengthening capacity of community members to manage their natural resource assets.

Expected Results:

Appropriate land laws are prepared and enforced
Regions are able to survey, map, register and certify rural parcels
Linkages are created between higher education and land administration institutions
Communal land use certifications are practiced in pastoral areas