Land Resources

Support to governmental institutions to improve the management of land and other natural resources in the provinces of Huambo and Bié, Angola

The Land and Water Division of FAO along with the Government of Angola have been working together on land related issues since 1999. After 14 years of strengthening land tenure mechanisms through a series of field projects that have, in turn, contributed to an increase of access to land of rural communities and improved the livelihoods of the most vulnerable groups, the work thus has accumulated into a systematic land program.

The current Land project GCP/ANG/045/SPA has as its main objective to strengthen natural resources management capacities by supporting the Government of Angola and other non-State actors such as local NGOs, in improving the institutional framework for access to land and land administration and management.

The three results of the project are:

(1) to set up an institutional operating framework for the implementation of activities,

(2) to promote the knowledge and use about land rights, and

(3) to develop and implement an effective land & NR management system at local level.

Furthermore, the Land project has 4 thematic areas under which its activities function and the project serves as reference in the country, these being: the sustainable management of natural resources, territorial development - PNTD- (as the main approach of intervention), the application of the legal land rights bundle and the land-gender relationship.

Amongst the main activities performed during the last two years, they include the creation of a provincial steering committee, the realization of a baseline study on access to and management of land, a series of trainings on related issues (GIS, Gender and Land, Agrarian System Diagnosis), contents and dissemination of the Land law, including field exercises on community land delimitation, the territorial development approach, etc.), conferences and workshops in the thematic areas of the project, conducting a diagnosis of the agrarian systems of different areas and natural resources management,  activities of awareness in land related issues with civil society organizations and communication and visibility materials created. Academically, the project has continued to support to the Faculty of Agronomy and the Agrarian Institute in the importance of sustainable territorial development and family farming.