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Support for Zambian women and youth to access land

When women have secure rights to land, they make investments to improve land and acquire better quality inputs, participate in land rental markets, and receive more income, according to a report by Land Links. The enjoyment of land rights for women and youths remains a challenge in Zambia, although the government and civil society organizations (CSOs) are continually working to address this through policy reforms, training local chiefs on gender equality, and empowerment programs for women.

Zambia has two categories of land; State land and Customary land. State land includes land in urban areas and land used for mining or nature conservation. Customary land is administered by traditional leaders. Reforms introduced by the 2016 Constitution outlaw discriminatory practices against women who wish to acquire land. For women and youth entrepreneurs, the ability to own or access land without restrictions is critical not only because land is an important factor of production, but also because ownership of land that is protected by law is vital for the security and sustainability of the businesses that women choose to engage in.

Zambia Land Alliance

ZLA advocates fair land policies and laws

Women for Change

WfC provides training on women’s and children’s land rights

Women and Law in Southern Africa

WLSA promotes education and research with a focus on women

Farming Systems Association of Zambia

FASAZ provides research, policy analysis, education and public awareness

Justice for Widows and Orphans Project

Educates widows and orphans about their basic human rights

Information on land acquisition

The Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Lands & Natural Resources
Mulungushi House
Independence Avenue
Ridgeway, Lusaka
Tel: +260 211 252 323
Website: http://www.mlnr.gov.zm