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Tuesday, 09 July 2013

UK MPs: respect land tenure systems in developing countries

United Kingdom ‘s Members of the Parliament (MPs) advocate for more transparency of UK domiciliated companies on land acquisitions in developing countries. MPs stressed the need to respect land tenure rights and called for an enforcement of the UN voluntary guidelines on the responsible governance of  tenure which UK supports.
The committee for International Development of the United Kingdom's Parliament recently published a report on Global food security. The report acknowledged the role of smallholders in contributing to food security and indicated the access to natural resources as a main threat to food production. The report recommended the Department for International Development (DfiD)  to scale up successful projects such as the creation of land registers in Rwanda. Mounting worries over the detrimental impact of biofuels cultivation and the need to support smallholder farmers through extension services and an enabling policy environment was also stressed.

Source: The Guardian