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Thursday, 22 March 2012

Guidelines for land tenure and access to fisheries and forests

International talks to finalize negotiations on a proposed set of Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security were recently concluded at FAO. Ninety-six countries, in addition to the EU as an FAO member organization,  along with nongovernmental groups, civil society organizations, UN agencies and other international organizations, farmers associations, and private sector representatives have been taking part in several rounds of talks by an Open Ended Working Group established by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) to negotiate the text of these guidelines.
Yaya Olaniran, current chair of CFS , has said these the guidelines will be voluntary, “ but because they have been drawn up in such a comprehensive and inclusive process, and because there is this shared perception that a framework like this is sorely needed, we all anticipate that they will set the bar for policymakers".  She has added that some governments that taking steps to bring their policies and practices into alignment with the guidelines.
These guidelines list principles and practices that governments and other actors can refer to when administering land, fisheries and forests rights in order to serve the best interests of their populations and promote food security and rural development.
Notably, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has highlighted that  these “ will play an important part in answering the challenge of ending hunger and assuring food security of every child, woman and man in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable way."
The proposed guidelines are now set to be considered for final approval by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) at a special session in Rome in mid-May.

Source: FAO