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April 2005

Participatory and Negotiated Territorial Development (PNTD)

FAO stresses the importance of the role of institutions in ensuring food security, fighting poverty and promoting the development of human and natural resources. The Rural Development Division, SDA has been undertaking activities to assist FAO Member Nations in restructuring their rural institutions and in identifying and preparing projects on "Land tenure institution building for food security and sustainable rural development" and "Improved rural institutions and services to promote sustainable rural livelihoods". Appropriate institutional mechanisms are required to establish user rights and facilitate access to rural resources (land, water, trees and wild fauna), which are a necessary precondition for agricultural development and food security. Many countries have requested specific advice on such issues as property rights, more equitable access to natural resources for women and men, the functioning of markets and administration of land property rights in order to benefit from mortgage credit for investment, and good management of land and natural resources” and more broadly on the aspects of the organization of the stakeholders and the relations between them.

This note presents an update on the work done on participatory and negotiated territorial development (PNTD) and modes of intervention in areas with competitive and multiple uses of land and natural resources, drawing on the experiences of the Rural Development Division in different geographical settings and on various subjects.

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