For many smallholder farmers, staking claim to their own land can be a huge challenge. Landmapp, a tech company based in the Netherlands with a satellite headquarters in Ghana, is working to serve this 500 million-strong community by giving farmers access to a mobile platform that helps document their territory. Landmapp also assists with ongoing business development by educating the farmers about land tenure, and working with the local community to issue official documents that are signed and filed with both the farmer and regional authorities.
Since its launch in Ghana this year, Landmapp has created more than 1,000 maps—and, according to a report on the BBC, "80 percent of traditional chiefs are interested in this service."
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"Land tenure insecurity is a core barrier to land investment and farming," Landmapp co founder and CTO Thomas Vaassen told the network. "Without proper documentation, there is a real risk of losing the rights to a land parcel. Also, without documentation, it is often not possible to access financing, as the document is the only collateral at hand for most farmers."