From 7-20 October, 2021, the Land Portal Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are holding an online discussion, Capturing Knowledge from the Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT), a forum in which we look forward to your participation.
This online discussion will facilitate the collection of knowledge generated, experiences and lessons learned during the project Supporting Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGT). This project aimed to help countries make political commitments towards the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition, with the explicit outcome of increasing awareness among decision makers, development partners and society at large regarding access to natural resources.
This project, which invested over USD $15,000,000 over the past nine years, enhanced global processes to improve governance of tenure through collaborative partnerships for longer lasting impacts, while promoting the application of VGGT capacity development tools and materials. This initiative addressed tenure rights of vulnerable groups, gender equality, conflict prevention, increased participation and multi-stakeholder processes. The geographical coverage of the project included countries and regions in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
This discussion aims to identify and document best practices for interventions in improving governance of tenure and securing tenure rights to feed into future project designs.
Over the course of two weeks, this discussion will address the following questions (NB: you are not obliged to answer all questions):
Based on the VGGT project activities in your country in which you participated or about which you are knowledgeable, what would you consider to be the biggest successes of the project? What could FAO have done better?
Have the capacity development activities implemented by the project in your country – including e-learning programs, blended learning programs, the availability of translated materials related to the VGGT, multi-country exchanges, etc. – addressed capacity gaps and led to concrete actions of advocacy, policy and legal reforms that benefited tenure rights holders including smallholders, indigenous and local communities and others in your country? If so, please describe those actions.
How has the project addressed gender equality in your country? Specifically, how has the application of the VGGT helped to achieve improved gender equality in access to, allocation of and strengthening the tenure rights of women?
What were the innovative methodologies developed by the project that have advanced the equitable formalization and documentation of customary tenure rights, and indigenous and local communities’' rights in your country?
Has this tenure governance project had an impact on national food security and nutrition? If so, how? What could the project have done better in this regard?
Is the mainstreaming of the VGGT and its principles still relevant as a tool for advocacy, decision making and research in support of strengthening tenure rights in your country? If so, what can a project such as this do in the future to advance national land reform agendas?
The main stakeholders targeted for this discussion will be those who are involved in the project, but we are also interested in hearing from additional stakeholders who have been engaged in the VGGT and their implementation over the past nearly ten years. We look forward to all of your contributions.