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Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure

The overarching goals of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security are to achieve food security for all and support the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security.

While supporting efforts towards the eradication of hunger and poverty, the Guidelines are also intended to contribute to achieving sustainable livelihoods, social stability, housing security, rural development, environmental protection, and sustainable social and economic development.

The Guidelines are meant to benefit all people in all countries, although there is an emphasis on vulnerable and marginalized people. The Guidelines serve as a reference and set out principles and internationally accepted standards for practices for the responsible governance of tenure. They provide a framework that States can use when developing their own strategies, policies, legislation, programmes and activities. They allow governments, civil society, the private sector and citizens to judge whether their proposed actions and the actions of others constitute acceptable practices.

They were finali ed through intergovernmental negotiations that included participation by civil society, the private sector and research institutions.

The Guidelines were officiall endorsed by the Committee on World Food Security on 11 May 2012. Since then implementation has been encouraged by G20, Rio+ 20, United Nations General Assembly, Francophone Assembly of Parliamentarians and others.
 

The Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure promote secure tenure rights and equitable access to land, fisheries and forests with respect to all forms of tenure: public, private, communal, indigenous, customary and informal.

They are available in several languages

The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security



Additional documents on the Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure


Land Tenure Journal thematic issue on the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure

This issue of the FAO Land Tenure Journal focuses on the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security.

 

Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure: At a glance

This booklet provides a concise overview of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security.

 

Land Tenure Working Paper Nº 25 - Reaching consensus on the governance of tenure

This paper describes the perspective of stakeholders on the development of the Voluntary Guidelines on tenure. It draws on interviews to identify how people engaged in the process and the dynamics that were created between the parties.



Other Relevant Guidelines


Right to Food

The Voluntary Guidelines to Support the Progressive Realization of the Right to Adequate Food in the Context of National Food Security aim to provide practical guidance to States in their implementation of the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security.

 

SSF Guidelines

The Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small- Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication are the first global onsensus instrument specifically dedic ted to the governance and development of the small-scale fishe ies sector.

 

RAI Principles

The Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems represent the first time global agreement on what constitutes responsible investment in agriculture and food systems that contribute to food security and nutrition.