Indigenous peoples

The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure


"We think that when we talk about food and food security we need to talk about the right to lands and territories, because as indigenous peoples we are linked to our lands and territories, and it is there where we sow, cultivate and eat." 

Dalí Angel, Red de Jóvenes Indígenas de Centroamérica y Mexico

The Voluntary guidelines on the responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests in the context of national food security (VGGT) call upon the States to recognize and protect the legitimate tenure rights of indigenous peoples and to consider adapting their policies and legal and organizational frameworks to indigenous peoples’ tenure systems.

In partnership with different indigenous organizations and in collaboration with the tenure team, we are developing specific programmes aimed at strengthening indigenous peoples’ capacities towards the recognition and protection of their tenure rights and customary tenure systems, jointly exploring practical actions to implement the VGGT.

Capacity development programmes on the application of the VGGT

The one-year programmes were implemented between 2015 and 2016 in India and Central America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama). During this time, selected indigenous representatives were trained in the use of the VGGT. They also and conducted participatory studies to identify the main issues that their communities face with respect to their lands and resources in order to overcome them through existing instruments and institutions. Read more.