Food and beverage companies are facing a rapidly changing world. Global demand is rising as the world's population grows. Yet the planet's ability to meet this demand is threatened by factors such as droughts and other expected consequences of climate change, together with land degradation and biofuel production.
There is global recognition that financial institutions have significant influence and leverage on business practice through project finance, and that disclosure, transparency and accountability are critical for sustainable financing. The global demand for water, energy, minerals and land is driving foreign direct investment.
This primer on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) offers a brief explanation of what M&E is, why it is important and what common best practices are associated with it, all in the context of supporting the implementation of a socially responsible land-based investment.
Companies and investors increasingly recognize the risks associated with land conflicts and the importance of responsible land-based investments. Strong land rights help build sustainable supply chains and create a more stable, resilient, and productive environment for business.
Recent years have seen renewed private and public sector interest in developing country agriculture. A new wave of large-scale acquisitions of farmland for plantation agriculture has taken place in Africa, Asia and Latin America, fuelled by changing agricultural commodity prices, expectations of rising land values and public policies to promote long-term food and energy security.
This guide explores the legal dimensions of responsible governance of tenure. It supports the application of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure for Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security at the national level.
FAO has commissioned a series of technical guides to assist those wishing to adopt and implement the relevant provisions of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT). This paper is an abbreviated version of one of the newest of those guides, one aimed at financial investors in the private sector.
Covering issues long considered to be within the exclusive preserve of national jurisdiction, the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure have created hopes among those working towards more just and effective resource governance.
Compilation of 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
Research by ILC member Oxfam, and others such as the World Inequality Lab, shows that extreme inequality is rising – not falling – in most regions. Inequality is becoming one of the defining features of our economies and societies, and it increasingly shapes struggles for justice and human well-being. Struggles for land rights are no exception.