boy with a plate of root vegetables

Credit: Neil Palmer / CIAT. A boy with a plate of yams.

Focus on Land in Africa (FOLA) is an educational resource for development practitioners and policy makers that explores how land and natural resource rights affect, and are effected by, development in Africa.  Through raising awareness of these issues, FOLA aims to elevate land and natural resource rights as an urgent priority for development in Africa. 

While never offering a blueprint, FOLA shares a diversity of insights, experiences, and lessons from countries across the continent, highlighting the critical role of property rights in local livelihoods and development.

It examines the impact of land and natural resource rights on agriculture, the environment, conflict, urban poverty, women's empowerment, and other development issues.  It provides in-depth analysis of a variety of property rights issues, and how they are addressed in different countries and contexts.

Engage With Us

FOLA invites your questions and contributions.  We welcome briefs, case studies, audio-visual material, and commentary.  Please see our submission and review guidelines for more information.

Contact us at focusonlandinafrica [at] and follow us on Twitter @AfricaLandRts

FOLA Partners

FOLA is a joint initiative of the World Resources Institute (WRI) and Landesa, with initial funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Content providers include land and natural resource rights experts and development practitioners working on Africa.

World Resources InstituteWRI focuses on the intersection of the environment and socio-economic development.  We go beyond research to put ideas into action, working globally with governments, business, and civil society to build transformative solutions that protect the earth and improve people's lives.



Landesa works to secure land rights for the world's poorest people - those 2.47 billion chiefly rural people who live on less than two dollars a day.  Landesa partners with developing country governments to design and implement laws, policies, and programs concerning land that provide opportunity, further economic growth, and promote social justice.

Bill and Melida Gates Foundation

FOLA received initial funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.



The views presented on FOLA do not necessarily represent those of any FOLA partners, but rather reflect the views of the individual contributors.