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Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT)

The VGGT are the internationally negotiated framework to improve land governance. Drafted by over 1000 stakeholders with different cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the VGGT were negotiated by Member States of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and endorsed on 11 May 2012. According to the Land governance programme map and database of the Global Donor Working Group on Land, there are currently 253 active programmes worth 2.6 billion USD related to the VGGT.

Understanding the VGGT

Purpose, stakeholders, content and history of VGGT

The VGGT in practice

What does implementation mean? Who can Implement? How is implementation monitored?
  • VGGT Country Info
  • VGGT Endorsement
  • VGGT programmes

Country Information by VGGT section

Country-level information providing an overview of the status quo against the provisions of the VGGT.

   Featured country portfolios - edited with local partners and organised around the VGGT

   Other available country portfolios

High level endorsement of the VGGT

Map of high-level endorsement of the VGGT in international forums, by country

Land Book Indicators: 
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This indicator reflects whether a given country officially endorsed the VGGT in at least one of following international forums:

Measurement unit: 
Index (0; 1=endorsed)

   Countries that have officially endorsed the VGGT as part of the 2012 Committee on World Food Security (CFS 2012), the 2014 Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA 2014) or the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture 2015 (GFFA 2015)

GDWGL - Land Governance Programme Map

According to the Land governance programme map and database, there are currently 254 active programmes worth 2.6 billion USD - most of which are related to the VGGT

Land Book Indicators: 
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Total funding (US $) for programmes still ongoing. Last updated on the 31st of January, 2019.

Measurement unit: 
US$ (Current)

Library

Experiences and Good Practices In The Use and Application of The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) - Summary and Key Elements cover image
Informes e investigaciones
Julio 2016
Global

At its 42nd Plenary session in 2015, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) decided to hold a global thematic event at the 43rd session in October 2016 to share experiences and take stock of the use and application of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT), as a contribution to monitorin

Documentos de política y resúmenes
Marzo 2018
South Africa

The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) set out internationally-accepted principles and standards for responsible practices, providing a framework for governments, the private sector and civil society to use when developing policies and programmes for improving food security.

Informes e investigaciones
Diciembre 2012
Angola
Algeria
Egypt
Bangladesh
Niger
Liechtenstein
Somalia
Namibia
Bulgaria
Bolivia
Ghana
Pakistan
Cape Verde
Jordan
Liberia
Libya
Vietnam
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Tanzania
Portugal
Cambodia
Ethiopia
Paraguay
Saudi Arabia
Lebanon
Slovenia
Burkina Faso
Slovakia
Mauritania
Croatia
Chile
China
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Jamaica
Djibouti
Guinea
Finland
Uruguay
Thailand
Seychelles
Nepal
Laos
Yemen
Philippines
South Africa
Kiribati
Uganda
Syrian Arab Republic
Nicaragua
Kazakhstan
Niue
Dominica
Benin
Nigeria
Belgium
Togo
Zimbabwe
Sri Lanka
United Kingdom
Malawi
Costa Rica
Cameroon
Morocco
Lesotho
Tokelau
Turkmenistan
Trinidad and Tobago
Netherlands
Iraq
Chad
Georgia
Montenegro
Mongolia
Marshall Islands
Belize
Afghanistan
Burundi
Belarus
Grenada
Greece
Andorra
Rwanda
Tajikistan
Haiti
Mexico
Saint Lucia
India
Latvia
Bhutan
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Malaysia
Norway
Czech Republic
Antigua and Barbuda
Fiji
Honduras
Mauritius
Dominican Republic
Luxembourg
Israel
San Marino
Peru
Indonesia
Vanuatu
Macedonia
Suriname
Congo
Iceland
Cook Islands
Comoros
Colombia
Botswana
Nauru
Moldova
Sao Tome and Principe
Madagascar
Ecuador
Senegal
Maldives
Serbia
France
Lithuania
Mozambique
Zambia
Samoa
Holy See
Guatemala
Denmark
Germany
Australia
Austria
Venezuela
Iran
Palau
Kenya
Turkey
Albania
Oman
Tuvalu
Myanmar
Brunei Darussalam
Tunisia
Russia
Barbados
Brazil
Canada
Equatorial Guinea
United States of America
Qatar
Sweden
Ukraine
Guinea-Bissau
Swaziland
Tonga
Ivory Coast
Republic of Korea
Guyana
Switzerland
Cyprus
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Singapore
Azerbaijan
Uzbekistan
Central African Republic
Poland
Kuwait
Gambia
Eritrea
Gabon
Estonia
Spain
Faroe Islands
El Salvador
Mali
Ireland
Malta
South Sudan
Sierra Leone
Panama
Bahamas
Solomon Islands
New Zealand
Monaco
Italy
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Japan
Kyrgyzstan
Armenia
Micronesia
United Arab Emirates
Argentina
Sudan
Bahrain
Hungary
Papua New Guinea
Cuba
Americas
Northern America
Europe
Asia
Africa
Global
Oceania

The guidelines are the first comprehensive, global instrument on tenure and its administration to be prepared through intergovernmental negotiations. The guidelines set out principles and internationally accepted standards of responsible practices for the use and control of land, fisheries and forests.

ANGOC: Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security cover image
Documentos de política y resúmenes
Julio 2016
Asia
Global

This document was written by the Asian NGO Coalition for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ANGOC) with the view of increasing awareness and understanding in the context of the Philippines of the VGGT.

Training Resources & Tools
Noviembre 2017
Global

ActionAid International has been working over the last few years with women and rural communities to challenge commercialization of land, which leads to loss of their rights to land.

Data

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This qualitative dataset shows how national laws measure up against the international standards on expropriation, compensation, and resettlement as established in Section 16 of the UN Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGTs). The UN Committee on World Food Security, a body consisting of 193 governments, endorsed the VGGTs in 2012.

The dataset contains indicators which ask yes or no questions about the legal provisions established in national laws.

FAO Gender and Land Rights Database

Land is a crucial resource for poverty reduction, food security and rural development. However, men and women do not always enjoy the same rights to land. This dataset contains indicators from the FAO Gender & Land Rights Database.

The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and F

Data provider: 
Leila Shamsaifar
Map of Donors (Land governance Programme Map)

The original dataset (Land governance Programme Map & Database by Global Donor Platform For Rural Development) retains 821 projects in 144 countries with a total value of 2.6 billion dollars for active programmes and contains information the location, duration, funding and scope of each programme, as well as on the specific aspects of the Voluntary Guidelines it supports.

The quantitative dataset on forest tenure data by RRI currently covers 52 countries containing nearly 90% of the world’s forests.

Data provider: 
Rights and Resources Initiative

Events

Cabbage plantation areas on the slope of mount Gede Pangrango Sukabumi, West Java, Indonesia.   Photo by Ricky Martin/CIFOR
11 Octubre 2017

Ubicación

Lebanon Room
FAO Headquarters
Rome
Italia
IT
Africa

DFID's Land: Enhancing Governance for Economic Development (LEGEND) programme is promoting learning and innovation through 7 CSO-private sector partnerships in diverse agri-regions in 5 African countries; USAID and others are supporting similar initiatives. This side event will share and discuss early insights from these pilots and explore what can be achieved through these approaches: 

Event
18 Octubre 2018
Global

In 2017, the fifth anniversary of the landmark Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGTs) highlighted successful integration of VGGT principles into national law and decision-making processes across several countries.

Event
LANDac Annual International Conference 2019 image
4 Julio 2019 to 5 Julio 2019
Netherlands
Global

LAND GOVERNANCE IN TRANSITION: 

How to support transformations that work for people and nature?

 

Latest news

21 Marzo 2019
Peru
Philippines
India
Global

NEW DELHI - A push to formalise land claims, map settlements and digitise records is not always in the best interests of vulnerable communities, and may even lead to greater rights abuses, analysts warned on Friday.

29 Junio 2018
Global

This rapid scoping of the Food and Agricultural Organisation Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT) sought the views of different organisations, individuals and activists on the usefulness of the guidelines for promoting forest tenure reform in support of secure community land rights.

21 Noviembre 2017
Sierra Leone

The mention of Sierra Leone invariably conjures images of the protracted civil war and the Ebola outbreak that afflicted this West African country.
However that is not all about Sierra Leone; there are a lot of positives the country can showcase which include good practices in land administration.

Blogs

Village in rural Malawi (©Lorenzo Cotula)
22 Octubre 2018
Authors: 
Mr. Lorenzo Cotula
Global

Following last week’s meeting of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS), this piece reflects on a key CFS soft-law instrument. It is an edited extract from the article “International Soft-Law Instruments and Global Resource Governance: Reflections on the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure”, Law, Environment and Development Journal (2017) 13(2):115-133. The full article can be freely downloaded at http://www.lead-journal.org/content/17115.pdf.

Tools & Guides

Putting the Voluntary Guidelines into Practice: A Learning Guide for Civil Society Organizations cover image
Manuals & Guidelines
Diciembre 2017
Global

This learning guide has been designed specifically to give civil society and grassroots organizations a deeper understanding of the Voluntary guidelines on the responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests in the context of national food security (VGGT) to enable the members of these organizations and their constituents to use the VGGT meaningfully and effectively to improve t

Documentos de política y resúmenes
Agosto 2015
Global

This guide has been produced by the Interlaken Group, with steering support from the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI). The Interlaken Group is a multi-stakeholder forum composed of representatives from companies, investors, international organizations, and civil society groups.

Safeguarding Human Rights in Land Related Investments cover image
Informes e investigaciones
Julio 2017
Global

The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of national Food Security (VGGt) represent a new international legal instrument, which was adopted unanimously in 2012 by the United nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS).

Global

The FAO announces a new e-learning course on the Responsible Governance of Tenure.

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Organisations

CFS logo

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) was set up in 1974 as an intergovernmental body to serve as a forum for review and follow up of food security policies. In 2009 the Committee went through a reform process to ensure that the voices of other stakeholders were heard in the global debate on food security and nutrition. The vision of the reformed CFS is to be the most inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to work together in a coordinated way to ensure food security and nutrition for all.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information.

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