To celebrate 10 years of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT), Welthungerhilfe co-organizes two consecutive events on 28th and 30th of November to take stock, assess the potential of the guidelines in the current context of multiple crises, and pave the way forward for responsible land governance and food security.

In times of multiple crises, such as conflicts, the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, and rising global food prices, the pressure on land resources continues to grow. Safeguarding fair and equal access to land remains essential to food security and food systems transformation. The 10th anniversary of the VGGT provides an opportunity to take stock, evaluate and discuss the potential of the guidelines as a tool to improve both land governance and food security worldwide.

To this end, Welthungerhilfe, together with the German Institute for Global and Area Studies(GIGA) / Land Matrix Initiative (LMI), and International Land Coalition (ILC), and with contributions by TMG Research and Working Group on Peace and Development (FriEnt), co-organized a virtual thematic exchange on the 28th of November, where international experts and practitioners will come together to discuss the impact of the guidelines over the past 10 years, identify gaps and successes in the current context and further generate concrete recommendations for the way forward.

Messages and recommendations from the exchange included:

  • support to data for transparency and accountability;
  • support inclusive policy processes;
  • support a human rights approach to land;
  • conflict sensitivity;
  • general political commitment.

These recommendations were presented at the in-person political panel in Berlin on the 30th of November. The panelists – the member of the German parliament Renate Künast, Svantje Nielsson from the German Ministry for Food and Agriculture, Welthungerhilfe’s Secretary General Mathias Mogge, Ellen O. Pratt from the Liberia Land Authority, Dr. Ward Anseeuw, founder of the Land Matrix Initiative, and Berns Komba Lebbie from Land for Life Sierra Leone – discussed the generated recommendations, the potential of the guidelines for improving food security in times of multiple crises and reflected on Germany’s role in the implementation of the guidelines worldwide.

Interested to learn more about the events?

Please find below the subtitled recording of the in-person event in Berlin:
If you’re interested to read the detailed programmes of the events, click on the respective buttons below.

Anna Schreiber
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