The multi-stakeholder platform on land governance called Land for Life Burkina Faso officially launched its activities in the Hauts-Bassins on the morning of Tuesday, September 28, 2021. It was introduced through a workshop by presenting the platform structure by the leaders of LfL. This marked the effective start of LfL’s activities in the region. Multiple actors involve in land governance were present.
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The multi-actor Platform on land governance LfL is now present in the Hauts-Bassins region. According to its national coordinator, Blaise Bama, the decentralization of the MAP aims to bring it closer to rural communities.
LfL is a land governance entity that brings together several actors, and its objective is to contribute to the resolution of land problems, of which the Hauts-Bassins region has plenty of. For Blaise Bama, this decentralization of the platform into the rural communities will allow to involve them in the search for solutions to the land problems where they are the most impacted ones.
Thus, within the program of activities of LfL in Hauts-Bassins, it is planned to strengthen the socio-legal capacities of rural communities. This is intended by encouraging a better knowledge of the land tenure law in rural areas. This will enable communities to know their rights and how to protect and defend them.
Soumaïla Sanou, representative of the Confédération Paysanne du Faso, welcomed the establishment of this land governance initiative in the Hauts-Bassins region. For him, with the platform, land conflicts could fade away in the Hauts-Bassins region.
“The implementation of this platform is noble. It will enable the resolution of problems that the direct actors alone cannot resolve without sparks. Land management is a crucial issue, and we believe that with this platform, which brings together several actors, land conflicts will certainly decrease and those that arise could be resolved quickly,” explained Soumaïla Sanou.
Note that the LfL initiative is a multi-actor platform that advocates for securing land for a world without hunger. The initiative covers several African countries including Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.