International Conference on Land Governance & Future Challenges

Please register using the form at the bottom of this website until 3 May, 2024.


June 4 – 5, 2024 Peace Academy Rhineland-Palatinate, University of Kaiserslautern-Landau, Germany

Inclusive and coordinated land governance plays a key role in addressing climate change-induced stress, providing sustainable livelihoods, and guaranteeing legal certainty over land for communities and investors. Land governance tends to be complex, contested, and is deeply entrenched in sociopolitical interrelations and power structures at national and local levels. This conference aims to critically look at land governance changes with a special focus on sustainability and climate change, inclusivity and gender equality, land contestation, and related (future) challenges.

The conference is organized by Anne Hennings and Christopher Rohles as part of the project "Tug of War - Customary and State Actors in Land Reform and their Impact on Human Security in Post-Conflict Societies“ at the Peace Academy Rhineland-Palatinate, University of Kaiserslautern-Landau.

Register until 3 May, 2024 using the form at the bottom of this website. Please note that travel and accommodation costs, as well as lunch and dinner, need to be covered by the participants. We look forward to welcoming you to Landau and bringing together and advancing perspectives and innovative approaches to responsible and sustainable land governance.

If you have any questions contact us via e-mail at tugofwar[at]


The Organizing Team

Anne Hennings and Christopher Rohles

University of Kaiserslautern-Landau, Landau             


09:00- 09:15:

Welcome & Introduction

Anne Hennings & Christopher Rohles

Keynote tbc 09:15-10:15

Coffee Break 10:15-10:35

PANEL 1: Towards gender equality: women's struggles in agriculture and land governance (Chair: tbc)

10:35 – 11:50

Gender equality and land reform in Ghana: Insights from women's access to irrigation land in Garu

Millicent A. Akaateba

SD Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies, Wa, Ghana 

Women farmers’ strategies to enhanced cocoa production: an Ivorian perspective

Claudia Coral

Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Müncheberg, Germany & Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Women’s empowerment and climate adaptation: Do joint land titles promote food security of households facing extreme weather events in Tanzania?

Tim Christian Wegenast

University of Konstanz, Germany

Lunch Break at Velo 

PANEL 2: Challenges of inclusive forest governance (Chair: Katharina Löhr)

13:45 – 15:00

Transforming charcoal sectors for just and sustainable energy futures

Emmanuel Paintsil Acquah

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

Participation in governance of protected areas? The case of Mapuche and peasant communities in southern Chile

Till Stellmacher

Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany

Assess the positive deviants of agroforestry as forest landscape restoration practices from local knowledge in Irodo watershed

Hamy Raharinaivo

Higher School of Agronomic Sciences, University of Antananarivo, Madagascar & Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Müncheberg, Germany

Coffee Break 15:00-15:20

PANEL 3: Navigating climate change adaptation and sustainable transitions in land use (Chair: Jan Sändig)

15:20 – 17:00

Clarifying land tenure rights, the challenge of forest and landscape restoration in Madagascar

Harifidy Rakoto Ratsimba

Higher School of Agronomic Sciences, University of Antananarivo, Madagascar

Understanding the nexus between climate change and farmer-herder conflicts in the semi-arid region of Ghana

Elias Danyi Kuusaana

Simon Diedong Dombo University for Business and Integrated Development Studies, Wa, Ghana

Climate-driven effects of agricultural land potential on conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa

Lisa Murken

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany

Interrogating the future of land in coal regions: Mine closure and just transition planning in India’s energy centre

Sarthak Shukla

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden

18:30: Dinner at Jouls

09:00 – 09:10: Recap

Anne Hennings & Christopher Rohles

PANEL 4: Land disputes, contestation, and conflict resolution (Chair: tbc)

09:15 – 11:00

Unravelling home-grown dispossession: Elite coalitions and institutional dynamics of land grabs

Courage Bakasa

University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany

Security risks and the role of customary governance in post-conflict land reform

Anne Hennings & Christopher Rohles

Peace Academy Rhineland-Palatinate, University of Kaiserslautern-Landau, Germany

Arable land, groundwater, and territorial contest: A geographic approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Smit Rajshekhar Patel

EduCARE NGO, Kangra, India

Framings and practices of engagement: Struggles over Chinese investment projects in Africa

Jan Sändig

University of Bayreuth, Germany

Coffee Break 11:00 – 11:20

11:20 – 12:00: Conclusion & Outlook

Anne Hennings & Christopher Rohles

13:00: Lunch (optional)


4-5 June 2024



Landau (Pfalz), Germany



Dr. Anne Hennings

Christopher Rohles

Majbrit Hüttenhein













Location & Arrival



Luitpoldstraße 8

76829 Landau


From Landau (Pfalz) Hbf (Main Station):

  • 30 min walking distance
  • Bus 531, 540, or 590 until Station “Uni/ Alter Messplatz”, ca. 7 min ride

From Landau (Pfalz) West:

  • 15 min walking distance
  • Parking possibilities directly at Butenschoen Campus (limited)
  • Closeby parking lot at “Alter Messplatz” (10 min walking) + Electric car charging station


Coming from the A65:

Leave the highway at the Landau Nord exit and follow the signs to "Landau". Take the 2nd exit at the traffic circle and follow the road for approx. 4 km. Then turn left into Hans-Boner-Straße (last street before the town sign). Follow the left turn into Eichbornstraße and then take the second sharp left into Luitpoldstraße. Turn left again at the next street. The conference center is at the end of the street on the right-hand side.

Mit Stern(*) gekennzeichnete Felder sind Pflichtfelder

Overnight stay required? (Overnight stays are not covered unless explicitly specified)
Declaration of Consent*