In partnership with the Coalition of Women Farmers in Malawi (COWFA) and with funding from Actionaid under the project “Social Empowerment on the Rights of the Vulnerable and Excluded” (SERVE), LandNet implemented awareness raising activities on the provisions of the Malawi National Land Policy with reference to women and smallholder farmers land rights and tenure security in eight districts of the Country (Nsanje, Chiradzulu, Mwanza, Salima, Dowa, Mzimba, Rumphi and Chitipa) from 2006 to 2008. The project targeted leaders of women farmers groups, group leaders of women living with HIVAIDS, and traditional leaders (Chiefs).
With financial support from Actionaid, LandNet implemented from 2009 to 2011 a “Women’s Land Rights” (WOLAR) project titled “District Women Access to Land Awareness Campaign”. The project covered eight districts of the country and it aimed at strengthening the capacity of grassroots women to effectively participate in the Malawi land policy reform and implementation processes in an effort to promote their land tenure security, access, control and ownership of land and proceeds thereof. In the same districts the project also targeted Traditional Authorities, District Assembly officers including magistrates and victim support unit of the Police Service and Area Development Committees. Further, in partnership with a LandNet member (Justice Link), the project conducted capacity building activities at district level for Chiefs Land Tribunals and women leaders on “Land conflict resolution and dispute management” – a comparison of the provisions and practices under the prevailing legislation and those in the new legislation under formulation.
LandNet raises community and investor awareness on Guiding Principles of Responsible Tenure Governance, Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment and provisions of the new land legislation which is still under formulation hoping to be debated by parliament in their February 2015 sitting. These principles are enshrined in the international land policy frameworks such as the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) voluntary guidelines on responsible governance of tenure of land and other natural resources; the World Bank’s principles for responsible agricultural investment; and the Africa Union’s (AU) framework and guidelines on land policy.