Mekong Region Land Governance Project

MRLG and its alliance members work together to protect the tenure rights of smallholder farmers in the Mekong Region.  

MRLG focuses on the following two Thematic Areas

Customary tenure is a set of rules and norms that regulate the way land and other resources are allocated, used, accessed, and transferred.  It is often the main system used by traditional communities to manage their land and resources. Customary tenure is usually undocumented, and not protected by national laws.

Responsible Agricultural Investments (RAI) respect the tenure claims of smallholder farmers, whether or not their land rights are legally recognized; distribute benefits and risks of investment in a socially-just manner; avoid and/or minimize environmental impacts; and maximize the efficient use of resources.


The Mekong Region Land Governance Project responds to national priorities in terms of reducing poverty, increasing economic development and supporting smallholder farmers and this has proven beneficial to all stakeholders.

The project remains focused on addressing land governance issues in the CLMV countries but with a shift towards supporting the strategic engagement of reform actors in the policy making processes at national, sub-national and regional levels.

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Our project aims to improve land tenure security of smallholder farmers in the Mekong Region through contributing to the design and implementation of appropriate land policies and practices.

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Outlook on Gender and Land in the Mekong Region

The Outlook on Gender and Land in the Mekong Region (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Viet Nam) identifies strategic priorities to improve gender-equitable land governance.

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