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Support to Land Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa

Promoting secure tenure rights and equitable access to land as a means for eradicating hunger and poverty.

The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT) aim a promoting secure tenure rights and equitable access to land as a means for eradicating hunger and poverty.

To implement the VGGTs, in the context of the Support to Land Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa project, FAO now works with the EU in Kenya and in Somalia and provides transversal support in eight other countries (Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Angola, Malawi, and Swaziland).

The Voluntary Guidelines

11 May 2015 marked the third anniversary of the endorsement of the Voluntary Guidelines by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). These Guidelines represent an unprecedented agreement on internationally recognized principles and practices on the governance of tenure. They are the first globally negotiated document that set the scene on how tenure and access rights to land, fisheries and forests should be handled. The VGGT signify a global engagement towards changing the rules of the game by placing tenure firmly in the context of poverty reduction and food security and by promoting more transparent and accountable tenure structures and administrations. The VGGT are a means to an end: they were prepared to help people address problems of tenure by providing guidance in the form of existing good practices.

Making a difference with the EU
FAO’s programme for supporting the implementation of the VGGTs would not be possible without the strong commitment of the European Union (EU) and other partners. The EU has been instrumental in:

  • negotiating the original VGGTs, endorsed by the Committee on World Food Security in May 2012;
  • continuing EU-FAO collaboration on national capacity development projects for enacting the VGGTs at the country level;
  • developing a comprehensive VGGT e-learning curriculum and training materials.

More information on voluntary guidelines