In the run-up to the CFS in October 250 international participants met in Berlin to draw up recommendations on the issue of food security. The Platform secretariat reports from the event.
"Policies against Hunger" -- a two-day conference that took place in Berlin 10-12 June -- zoomed in on how to pratically apply the standards and principles laid out in the 'Voluntary guidelines on the responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests' that had been unanimously adopted by the 124 member states of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS) a year ago in Rome.
What we have achieved at UN level with a lot of effort must now be put into practice. I will not let up on this. It is also a matter of incorporating the standards of the guidelines into international processes such as the Post-2015 Agenda or the G8 Framework. And the World Bank's environmental and social standards must also be revised in this context.
Ilse Aigner, Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection of Germany
// Land ahead!
Using “land ahead!” as a slogan, the German agriculture ministry held talks with representatives from politics, academia, industry and civil society of developing countries. In four working groups, the conference participants discussed following issues:
- Governing land responsibly – Institutions and actors
- Conflicts over land – Dispute resolution and de-escalation
- Investments in land – Taking on responsibility
- Monitoring progress towards decisions and recommendations
// Key messages
Each working group developed a set of recommendations that shall guide the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines. Here are the outcomes of the first working group that looked at the overarching theme of responsible land governance:
- Land relations are deeply embedded in power relations. The implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines cannot be only a technical process but it is in essence a social and political question. Consequence: Importance of supporting inclusive, participatory multi-stakeholder dialogues.
- Governments should acknowledge and support civil society and women’s movements in land policy design and implementation. And civil society should acknowledge the diversity within the state apparatus and continue to struggle for visibility of people and their rights. There is a need to explicate the discriminatory nature of the actually existing land governance systems.
- Support exchange of information in an accessible and transparent way (information/knowledge = power)
A document with recommendations from each working group can be downloaded below.
// Way forward
The outcomes of the conference will inform the forthcoming G8, UNGA and CFS international meetings.