COP 26 side event: Women’s Land Rights as a Tool for Building Climate Resilient Food Systems | Land Portal
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Landesa partners with governments and local organizations to ensure that the world’s poorest families have secure rights over the land they till. Founded as the Rural Development Institute, Landesa has helped more than 105 million poor families gain legal control over their land since 1967. When families have secure rights to land, they can invest in their land to sustainably increase their harvests and reap the benefits—improved nutrition, health, and education—for generations.

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Friday, 5 Nov. 2021
13:15 – 14:30 UTC+1
Multimedia Studio 3

Attendees at COP26 in Glasgow are invited to join us for a conversation about the critical role women play in building climate resilient food systems.

The event will draw attention to the central role of women smallholders as powerful change agents for advancing climate adaptation and mitigation by building sustainable food systems. Panelists will discuss the role of climate-resilient food systems and women’s land rights as critical tools to addressing the climate crisis, gender inequality, and food insecurity.

Women should be leaders in advancing degraded land restoration, climate adaptation and mitigation, and sustainable land management practice.  Their indigenous knowledge will be critical in:

  • protecting, managing and restoring ecosystems,
  • enhancing nature and biodiversity;
  • promoting diversity in production, consumption, landscapes, ideas and ways of knowing;
  • intentionally using a collaborative approach and strengthening networks across all sectors for enhanced and appropriate and effective results;
  • working through strong farmer-led organizations that generate knowledge and speak for themselves;
  • supporting emergency preparedness;
  • and ensuring agency for individuals and groups, particularly the most vulnerable and historically the most marginalized, to make their own decisions based on their ability to engage in processes, policies and governance to shape and drive climate resilient food systems that work for all.

Speakers :

  • Moderator: Rachel McMonagle, Climate change and land tenure specialist, Landesa
  • Panelist: Mueni Mutinda, Public Policy Advisor on Climate Change, Canadian Foodgrains Bank
  • Panelist: Faith Alubbe, Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Land Alliance
  • Panelist: Sara Omi Casama, President of the Coordinator of Territorial Women Leaders of Mesoamerica, Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests

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