We cannot wait indefinitely – interim options for land reform
18 Junio 2018
Authors: 
Sobantu Mzwakali
Sudáfrica

The failure to secure the property rights of rural communities shows a clear policy gap between citizens and rights to land as per the Constitution and the attitude and practices of the state, traditional leaders, white farmers and mining companies in relation to such rights. 

11 Junio 2018
América Latina y el Caribe

 

SANTIAGO, 11 jun 2018 (IPS) - Los consumidores pueden ser aliados en controlar los procesos de desertificación en América Latina, donde se impulsan diferentes iniciativas para ponerle freno, como el manejo sostenible de la tierra, el avance hacia la neutralidad en la degradación de la tierra o la incorporación de la bioeconomía.

17 Junio 2018
Colombia

Después de 16 años de grandes esfuerzos y sacrificios, los campesinos de los municipios de El Guamo, San Juan Nepomuceno, Zambrano y Córdoba Tetón, recibieron de la Agencia Nacional de Tierras la primera Zona de Reserva Campesina para los Montes de María, Polígono II en el departamento de Bolívar.

Con esta iniciativa unas 10.000 familias campesinas se beneficiarán con los procesos de formalización de la propiedad, fortalecimiento de las organizaciones sociales y desarrollo de proyectos productivos que la hagan vigente en el tiempo.

Countries

Despite the achievement of Constitutional democracy in 1994, 'the land question' is at the heart of South Africa's struggles to overcome the cumulative legacies of nearly 350 years of white minority rule. The emotive quality of land policies evokes painful legacies fuelled by disappointments with the official land reform programme ushered in by the new Constitution of 1996. There is broad agreement that land reform programmes have not fulfilled their aims to significantly redistribute land and productive agrarian capacity, strengthen land tenure for the majority, and settle the restitution claims of victims of land dispossession.

Learn more about the successes and challenges in South Africa.

Rwanda agriculture land governance

Rwanda is a small country and landlocked. It covers an area of 26,338 km². In Rwanda, land is an important issue due to two different characteristics: first is that Rwanda is one of the most densely populated countries in the world (416 people per km2 – (NISR, 2012). Being an agricultural country, where over 85% of its working class citizens depend on agriculture, adds more pressure on land as the sole economic capital to the rural peasants.

Learn more about successes and challenges and find more detailed land governance data in Rwanda.

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indigenous peoples climate change

Climate change can destabilize existing land and resource governance institutions and associated property rights across the spectrum of landscape types. Transformed climatic conditions, manifested in either rapid-onset or slow-onset ways, can change how land and natural resources are accessed and used as geographical shifts in resource productivity, resource scarcity, and therefore land use patterns occur.

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