10 years after the passage 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 gover-nance 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 oppor-tunity 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 co-organizes 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. In interactive working groups, approaches for improved utilization of the guidelines, like multi-stakeholder partnerships, or data for accountability will be discussed, while also connecting the land governance debate to further current discourses on food systems transformation, conflict resolution, and human-rights-based tools.

Jointly organized by Welthungerhilfe, 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), the event forms the basis for an in-person political panel in Berlin on the 30th of November.

Here, A high-level panel with 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, will discuss the generated recommendations, the potential of the guidelines for improving food security in times of multiple crises and reflect on Germany’s role in the implementation of the guidelines worldwide. Further inputs will be given by Michael Fuhrmann, who is the current deputy head of the German Institute for Human Rights, and honoree for his role during the negotiations of the VGGT, as well as Michael Taylor, CEO of the International Land Coalition (ILC).

Registration for the Virtual Event is still open:
Agenda - November 28, 2022

November 28, 2022  |  2pm (CET)  |  Duration 3,5h
Lisa Witter


Asja Hanano, Welthungerhilfe


Presentation and Q&A

  • Marc Wegerif, VGGT+10 Initiative
  • Ward Anseeuw, Land Matrix Initiative
  • Jolyne Sanjak, Land Tenure and Property Rights at Tetra Tech ARD
Part II – THE WAY FORWARD: Improving the effectiveness of the VGGT 

Break-out sessions with introductory inputs and open discussion

Session 1: Data for Accountability
The session will discuss the current development of monitoring tools and platforms to hold stakeholders accountable based on the VGGT and their scope to foster the imple-mentation of the VGGT (Lead: LMI).

Session 2: Multi-Actor Partnership
The session will reflect on multi-actor Partnership as a tool for VGGT implementation as well as the role of different stakeholder groups (e.g. communities, civil society, government, private sector) in the implementation and the obstacles and successes in the cooperation and engagement (Lead: WHH/ILC).

Session 3: Human rights
This session will discuss the connections between human rights and the VGGT and the use of new human rights-based land governance tools for accountability and advocacy (Lead: TMG Research).

Session 4: Conflict Settings
This session will reflect on the contribution of the VGGT framework to conflict resolution/peacebuilding approaches to protect local livelihoods and food security. (Lead: FriEnt).

  • Martin Hoppe,
    Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
  • Christoph Kubitza,
    German Institute for Global and Area Studies/ Land Matrix Initiative
Agenda - November 30, 2022

November 30, 2022  |  4 – 7 pm (CET), followed by a reception
Deutsches Theater, Schumannstraße 13A, 10117 Berlin


Asja Hanano, Welthungerhilfe


Mike Taylor, International Land Coalition (ILC)

  • Renate Künast, MdB, Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen
  • Swantje Nilsson, German Ministry for Food and Agriculture
  • Ellen O. Pratt, Commissioner, Liberia Land Authority 
  • Dr. Ward Anseeuw, Founder, Land Matrix Initiative
  • Mathias Mogge, Secretary General, Welthungerhilfe
  • Berns Komba Lebbie, Coordinator, Land for Life Sierra Leone
Q & A
  • Michael Windfuhr, Deputy Director, German Institute for Human Rights
  • Prof. Dr. Jann Lay, Head of Research on “Globalization and Development”, German Institute for Global and Area Studies

Anna Schreiber
Kristin Schmit

For Inquiries, please refer to:

Anna Schreiber

Policy & External Relations
Projectmanagerin Land for Life
+49 (0)228 2288-704

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