Ethiopia, the UK, the US and Germany will enter a partnership to improve rural land governance---ultimately gaining economic growth and protecting land rights of Ethiopians.
The partnership with Ethiopia should support improved rural land tenure security, including through appropriate land use management in communal and pastoral areas. It also aims to strengthen transparency in land governance. One of the ways to do that will be promoting responsible agricultural investment through an improved legal framework and practices.
Ethiopia’s Minister of Agriculture Tefera Derbew expressed the hope that “the current harmonisation, co-ordination and alignment mechanisms of Rural Economic Development and Food Security Working group (RED-FS SWG) and Sustainable Land Management Platforms will serve as an engine to further deepen” this joint partnership.
The partnership represents the continuation of the commitments made under the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, an effort by African heads of state, corporate leaders and G8 members to increase food security and nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa, and takes note of the African Union Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges. It will also coordinate and harmonize support from existing and potential new development partners in the land sector. These objectives will be achieved through ongoing and potential additional future programs in support of improved rural land governance.
// About G8 land partnerships
Seven partnerships were announced last June at the G8 Open for Growth Summit. These partnerships between G8 member states and developing countries are designed to support governments in aligning their country frameworks with the globally agreed-upon Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests in the Context of National Food Security and to improve rural land governance and the security of land tenure for individuals, communities, and investors.
Further details on G8 partnerships and the Global donor working group on land, which was recently established by bilateral and multilateral donors to improve coordination of their respective efforts in the rural land sector, is available on the Platform’s website and will be continually updated.