Regional Technical Platform for Family Farming

Governance of natural resources

The governance of natural resources should promote their sustainable management, ensuring the conservation and proper use of these resources. This involves implementing policies and practices that promote soil conservation, the protection of water, biodiversity and ecosystems, as well as the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices by family farmers. Sustainable management of natural resources contributes to the resilience of family farming and the preservation of resources for future generations.

The challenge of better governance is directly linked to territorial planning and territorial management tools that allow generating more information and guiding decision-making at different levels. Among the different strategies, it is possible to identify experiences of agricultural zoning, the protection of agricultural areas, the promotion of productive diversification and infrastructure planning that are compatible with family farming.

Similarly, the governance of natural resources should include the strengthening of capacities and access to relevant information. This involves providing training and technical assistance in sustainable resource management practices, promoting environmental and agricultural education, and facilitating knowledge exchange between family farmers and governments.

At the global level, there are different frameworks that guide actions in favor of better governance of natural resources, such as the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests in the context of national food security, as well as experiences that recognize the importance of establishing legal and policy frameworks that protect the rights of access to land, water, forests and other resources necessary for agriculture.