Securing land rights is critical for realizing sustainable food systems that provide food security and overcome poverty. Security of property rights is central to preserving livelihoods, maintaining social stability, and increasing incentives for investment and for sustainable, productive land use.
Secure land tenure provides women, indigenous peoples, pastoralists and others with incentives to invest in land improvements and also enables farmers to increase access to financial services, government programs and social safety nets, particularly for women, thereby enhancing the purchasing power for inputs necessary for food production. Land rights are also key to enabling poor women and men to exercise the fundamental right to be free from hunger and poverty, and to live in dignity. Additionally, at the international level, frameworks such as the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems and the Voluntary Guidelines on the Governance of Tenure have been developed to guide agricultural investments so that they contribute to, rather than undermine, food security.
This Global Independent Dialogue is convened by the Land Portal Foundation to draw attention to improved land governance as a cross-cutting thread that underpins success of the Summit’s 5 Action Tracks. The Land Portal Foundation is partnering the European Commission, LANDac - The Netherlands Land Academy, RVO and Welthungerhilfe as Co-Conveners.
The dialogue will include a plenary session that features eminent speakers, which will be followed by facilitated discussions on key actions necessary to obtain secure tenure and thus achieving sustainable food systems for women, indigenous peoples and pastoral communities. The aim is to reach a concrete set of resolutions from a diverse range of stakeholders that will feed into the Food Systems Summit.