A Letter To Mothers In The Developing World


13 May 2012

An open letter from Landesa to all the mothers in the developing world on Mothers Day:

A Letter to Mothers in the Developing World,

On this Mother’s Day, Landesa salutes mothers in the developing world – our partners.

We advocate for your land rights not just because it is a good idea – but because it is essential for alleviating poverty.

We know that when you have secure rights to the land that you cultivate, you improve the land, which increases your yields.  We know that you use those higher yields and extra income to meet your families’ needs, boosting family nutrition and health, and ensuring that your children stay in school.

We spend our time in the field listening to you. And from China to Rwanda, and India to Uganda, we hear the same refrain:  you need secure rights to land.

So that your children will have a better future.  A future free of conflict.

And a future full of prosperity.

Mothers, we hear you.

With you and your governments as our partners, we will continue to help you obtain a powerful tool you can use to break the cycle of poverty – secure rights to land.

~ The global Landesa team


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Photo credit: Deborah Espinosa/Land tenure attorney for Landesa.

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Huber F.
Huber F.2 years ago


Cate S.
Cate S.3 years ago

Fantastic letter. Thank you Jessica, Y

es Dianne - I believe we are God;s hands, His feet, His mouth in this world, if we ask Him to give us the words and the actions to help the poorest of the poor.

Suzanne Osborne
Suzanne Osborne3 years ago

Marie W - I agree.

Vicky Pitchford
Vicky P.3 years ago

I wish them the best of luck..these countries need improving, and the people need education

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

thank you

Alice Almeida
Alice Almeida3 years ago

Great letter, thanks for the words.

Alice Almeida
Alice Almeida3 years ago

Great letter, thanks for the words.

Elvira W.
Elvira Winkler3 years ago

Mothers are the root of all things, when the root is not taken care of, nothing happens...

Jeanette Hess
Jeanette Hess3 years ago

Hello Marie.S:) The poor are unheard; their voices trapped in circumstance. The women are often voiceless and the face of poverty is female. Family planning was of course introduced to poor women across the world as far back as the 1960s as one of the revolutionary ways to stop poverty, hunger and overpopulation in their tracks- together with GM foods:) Contraceptives also 'produced' the 'modern' woman. nevertheless:- "new data released by the World Health Organization from a three-year report comparing premature birthrates in 184 countries brings a different topic to the standard baby conversation in the United States. Donald G. McNeil Jr. writes in The New York Times on this new "trend," which is that the U.S. is now on par with developing countries in terms of preterm babies born, "worse than any western European country and considerably worse than Japan or the Scandinavian countries." It is OK for some to fill the world with offspring and for others to live the pain of historic exploitation?

Marie W.
Marie W.3 years ago

Really need to add family planning.