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AGTER is an international association, created in 2005 under French law. AGTER works on the governance of land, water and natural resources.

  • It was built on the basis of the experience of a worldwide network which had been working informally for many years (developing workshops within the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre - Brazil and organizing the World Forum on Agrarian Reform in 2004 in Valencia - Spain). 
  • AGTER was asked by FAO to prepare the second issue paper of the International Conference on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ICARRD) en 2006.
  • AGTER is a member of the International Land Coalition from 2008. It carried out in 2009 the scoping study of the global research on Commercial Pressures on Land.
  • AGTER prepared with the French Land Tenure and Development Technical Committee in 2010 a position paper on Large Scale Land appropriations which was used as the basis for the definition of the France's official position on this issue.  

Based on its networks of persons and organizations, AGTER develops various spaces for discussion and reflection among distinct peoples and cultures, aiming at reinvigorating our collective thinking and learning from different (best and worst) experiences worldwide. The objective is to help partners and members to make proposals for renewed policies in order to address the considerable planetary challenges of the XXI century as far as the management of living beings, waters, and lands are concerned.

Therefore, AGTER develops, with the support of various Foundations (Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer pour le Progrès de l'Homme, Ford Foundation) :

  1. innovative pedagogic tools (including video documents), and mobile workshops, or learning journeys.
  2. a knowledge base, which conception and content are the result of the international thinking of AGTER's network (members and partners). This specific website is still under construction.

AGTER takes part in teaching and research conferences, Civil Society meetings, and organizes periodically thematic conferences on issues related with the governance of natural resources.

AGTER Resources

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Reports & Research
October 2017

Date : 2017

Source : Foncier & Développement

Les membres de Coordination SUD dénoncent l’accaparement des terres, de l’eau et des autres ressources naturelles liées à l’alimentation. Ils ont consacré à ce problème l’une des premières publications de la commission Agriculture et alimentation (C2A), le traitant comme une menace pour la sécurité alimentaire.

Conference Papers & Reports
July 2017

Date: juillet 2017

Source: Land Access Forum

La rencontre mondiale du Forum Mondial sur l’Accès à la Terre et aux ressources naturelles, FMAT 2016, s’est déroulée durant trois journées de travaux et débats en séances plénières et ateliers du 31 mars au 2 avril 2016, sur le campus de l’Université Polytechnique de Valence en Espagne.

Policy Papers & Briefs
January 2011

The original French version of this article was prepared at the request of the Nature & Progress (Nature & Progrès) journal and published in November 2011 (No 85) issue in the section Resources : the plundering (Ressources: la spoliation).

Translated by Levi E. Johnson

Extracts :

Reports & Research
January 2010

This document, available in French, English, Spanish and Portuguese, considers the meaning of ‘investment’ and the types of investment the world needs to achieve food security and protect the environment, distinguishes the privatisation of common resources from the concentration of lands that are already recognised as private property, and identifies new elements of land appropriation and concentration.

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