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Dear Cadasta Community,
 

With the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference around the corner, we at Cadasta are looking forward to connecting with colleagues from near and far. Coming promptly on the heels of International Women’s Day, this year’s Land and Poverty Conference presents an opportunity to further shine a spotlight on women's land rights.

Throughout the months of March and April, we are partnering with the Land Portal and eleven other organizations to advocate for women’s land rights by spotlighting the stories of real women from around the world. The campaign will conclude with an interactive webinar to highlight the critical links between securing women’s land rights and promoting sustainable development and will feature selected stories from the Her Land Her Story Campaign. We hope you can join us in promoting women’s land rights by joining our webinar and reading and sharing the featured stories.

In addition to the Her Land Her Story Campaign, we have a number of other exciting project, platform, and partner developments that we are excited to share with you in this newsletter. Please read on.

 

Regards,

Frank Pichel, Interim CEO

 




Woman with Her Deed

Strengthening Women’s Land Rights: The Neglected Lever Towards Increasing Ag Production


At a time when we are scrambling to feed a growing planet and working to eradicate extreme poverty, national and global leaders must ensure that women, who make up 20 percent of the agricultural labor force in Latin American and nearly 50 percent of the ag labor force in East Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, are positioned to maximize the land they farm. A fundamental way of achieving this is strengthening women’s rights to what is often their most important asset -- the land they rely on.

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Palm Oil Seeds

Profile of Partnership: Namati


The emergence of low-cost mapping tools has made map-making more accessible than ever. However, the sheer diversity of the rapidly changing mapping tools, systems, and approaches can be overwhelming for many organizations and communities. Learn more about how Cadasta and Namati worked together to unlock the full potential of community mapping around the world.

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Faster Cadastre
The RICS Land Journal featured an article authored by Cadasta’s Frank Pichel in its February / March journal. Read the article here to see how Cadasta’s technologies are replacing traditional surveys with quicker and easier methods.

 

Four Bottom-up Solutions to Strengthen Land Rights in Emerging Markets
Cadasta was featured in a Next Billion article as one of four organizations that are working to ensure land rights for people most in need. Read the article here.

 

Urbanization triggers land disputes in Indian cities
Cadasta’s Frank Pichel weighs in on India’s efforts to document and map urban land in this Thomson Reuters article.

CIPE Democracy that Delivers Podcast 
Cadasta was featured by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)’s Democracy that Delivers podcasts where Interim CEO Frank Pichel underscored the vital role of land rights for sustainable development. Tune in here.

On the Tech Front


The Area Dilemma: Calculating Parcel Area on the Web

From determining seed and fertilizer needs, to service delivery and tax planning, area calculations play a critical role in a number of key land administration processes. Given their significance to land and resource management, Cadasta recently released an automatic area calculation feature that allows users to easily upload, draw, and calculate polygons. Read our blog to learn more about one of Cadasta’s latest features, as well as some of the history and intricacies of projecting and mapping land areas.

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From Paper to Digital: Bringing Paper Based Property Maps into the Digital Age

With the advent of computerization, GPS, remote sensing, data processing algorithms, and handheld devices, surveying and land administration has officially moved into the digital age. However, this transition requires that many paper maps be converted to digital maps. The process can at first feel a bit daunting, but rest assured, we at Cadasta have plenty of experience with it and are here to guide you through the process.

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The 2018 World Bank Land & Poverty Conference

A number of Cadasta’s staff will be attending the 2018 World Bank Land and Poverty Conference. We are excited to participate in two sessions and two master classes. Click here for an overview of our participation at this year’s conference. If you will also be there, come find us and say hello!


We are Growing!

We are pleased to announce the addition of two Program Specialists Anne Girardin and Miguel Sanjines to the Cadasta team.

We are seeking a D.C. based Partnership and Data Specialists to join our team. Click here to learn more about the position and application process.

 

International Land Coalition
Cadasta is pleased to have been accepted as a member of the International Land Coalition (ILC).

 

Her Land Her Story Webinar

Cadasta, The Land Portal Foundation, the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Thematic Network on Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources will co-host an interactive webinar on April 20th to highlight the critical links between securing women’s land rights and promoting sustainable development. Join us be registering here by April 17th.

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