Together with policy-makers in the partner countries, the project team is working to improve the basic conditions for land policy. In collaboration with its partners, the project sets out to introduce transparent procedures and mechanisms in land administration, thereby improving the population’s situation with respect to land rights.
The project focuses on three areas:
- Securing land use and land ownership rights for the rural population through improved procedures
In Peru, the main emphasis is on land titles for the areas of indigenous communities, while in Benin and Uganda it is on individual households, whose legal security is strengthened through property titles and long-term leases. In Madagascar, the project focuses on linking secure land rights and the rehabilitation of forest areas with food security.
- Drafting and implementing responsible land policies with civil society involvement
The project team supports civil society groups that participate in the implementation of new procedures for securing land rights. For instance, they perform an important role in monitoring conflicts and shaping dialogue processes, and act as service providers.
- Raising the awareness of private agricultural investors for responsible land policies through national transparency initiatives
The project team supports dialogue forums that bring together various actors to discuss the challenges, opportunities and solutions for responsible land-related investments, for example.
In the partner countries, these activities are integrated into national policies and programmes. To achieve rapid results, the project is linked to and collaborates with existing German development cooperation projects.
The project is guided in its work by two documents adopted by the UN Committee on World Food Security: the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security, and the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems.
In Benin, the project is being implemented through a joint initiative by AFC and 2D3D.GIS, while in Madagascar, the implementing partner is a working group on land resources comprising the ECO Consulting Group and GOPA Consultants. In Uganda, the European Union is supporting the project by providing cofinancing.