The information in these Good practice guidelines for agricultural leasing arrangements is designed to assist governments and civil society in understanding how agricultural leasing and related agreements work, and what the advantages are of providing an appropriate framework for equitable arrangements that balance the interests of the parties involved - generally the tenant and the landowner. The guidelines therefore deal with the contextual and policy issues surrounding agricultural leasing, but also focus on providing a practical and up-to-date guide and commentary on those issues that need to be considered by both landlord and tenant when negotiating over the leasing of agricultural land.
While the guidelines cannot provide jurisdiction-specific advice, the general points and recommendations are valid for many parts of the world.
They examine, in this way, what constitutes good practice in leasing, covering those issues that should be included in a tenancy agreement, as well as in sharecropping agreements and licences, and recommend how these good practices should be implemented. Leasing does not, however, operate within a vacuum. The guidelines therefore conclude with an examination of the relevant contextual factors, including broader issues of land tenure policies, the fiscal and financial environment, land use policies and the general legal framework.