Women and Land Rights in Lao PDR: Rural Transformation and a dream of secure tenure



In all seven villages that the study was conducted women have lost access to and control over land. In the matrilineal villages, women have lost private customary lowland paddy fields while in the patrilineal villages they have lost mostly fields in communal land areas that were used for subsistence agriculture. Expansion of roads, construction of buildings, resettlement, concessions to rubber plantations and leasing out land for sugarcane cultivation were the causes of the loss of access to land.

This study was supported by Bread for the World and CARE International in Laos

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