Land Governance [ID: 38]

Land Governance

Land is one of the most valuable resources a rural family can own to secure its livelihoods. Without secure land tenure, families and communities are vulnerable to expropriations and face many challenges to access natural and financial resources, markets and other services.

The combination of sharp increases in food prices starting in 2008 and continued volatility, together with the rapid expansion of land use for biofuels and growing concerns over climate change have led to a growing demand for land in emerging-economy countries. This has prompted many governments and development partners to increase their efforts to address land tenure and resource governance issues in developing countries.

One of the most celebrated results of this effort was the endorsement in May 2012 of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). The VGGT are the first internationally negotiated and agreed soft-law instrument on the governance of land tenure. Established in 2013, the Global Donor Working Group on Land has been a key player in advocating the use of the VGGT, as well as in supporting dialogue spaces where land and development experts can share their lessons on the implementation of the VGGT. The Group also strongly advocated a substantial role of tenure issues in the Agenda 2030 and praised the inclusion of land indicators under Goals to alleviate poverty, to enhance gender equality and to promote sustainable cities and communities.

Committed to support improved land governance worldwide, the Global Donor Working Group on Land was established in 2013, facilitated by the Donor Platform and currently chaired by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Global Donor Working Group on Land is a network of 24 bi- and multilateral donors and international organisations cooperating on land-related issues worldwide. Its core functions are to allow for better coordination & knowledge exchange on land governance programmes, as well as to jointly advocate the relevance of land issues in policy processes which affect international development.

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Latest Land Governance [ID: 172]

Evaluating the impact of land governance projects

Rome | Italy | 24 Oct 2016 | Governments all over the world, as well development agencies, financial institutions and others are investing significant resources in land governance.


G7 - key challenges to agriculture and accountability report on land commitments

Ise Shima | Japan | 30 May 2016 | G7 agricultural ministers met ahead of the 2016 G7 meeting in Ise-Shima Japan. The ministers recognised the successful placing of food security issues on the international agenda in the previous year.


DFID’s LEGEND report reviews progress on VGGT implementation in the last 4 years

London | Great Britain | 12 May 2016 | DFID’s LEGEND flagship programme launched a comprehensive “State of the debate” report on land governance.


Events Land Governance [ID: 173]
27. April
Global | Thursday, 27. April 2017 | Berlin, Germany

The future of the Rural World Innovation - Youth - Employment

The event is part of the German Presidency of G20 and will focus on the future of youth in rural areas. These areas need innovation and new political perspectives and the participants will discuss ways to connect the rural youth to the modern world. 


9. May
Global | Tuesday, 9. May 2017 | Utrecht, the Netherlands

Global Forum for Innovation in Agriculture Europe 2017

The European edition of the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture will host the Agtech Leaders Summit from 9-10 May to support government, industry and science as hundreds of experts convene to find new ways to ensure sufficient, competitive, safe, and sustainable food production.


9. May
Global | Tuesday, 9. May 2017 | Vilach, Austria

Agriculture Days Conference 2017

The 5th Annual Agrifuture Days Conference 2017 will take place on 9-10 May 2017. The organisers look forward to making Agrifuture Days 2017 a learning opportunity for partners, friends and colleagues attending the conference while sharing the beautiful location in Kigali, the main city of Rwanda / Africa.


22. May
Global | Monday, 22. May 2017 | Berlin, Germany

Global Soil Week 2017

The Global Soil Forum is pleased to announce that the fourth Global Soil Week ‘Catalysing SDG Implementation through a Soil and Land Review’ will take place from Monday 22nd to Wednesday 24th of May 2017at the Scandic hotel in Berlin.


Interviews Land Governance [ID: 253]

Webinar | Lorenzo Cotula, IIED

“It is hard to overstate how important land is in many low- and middle income countries, not only in an economic sense, but also in socio-cultural terms.”

Interview | Aurélie Chevrillon, AFD AND MATHIEU BOCHE, MFA-FRANCE

“It’s true that our institution recognised that the land issues are in our entire rural and agricultural portfolio, it’s a question of development effectiveness.”

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Publications Land Governance [ID: 255]


The publication released by BMZ and GIZ systematically summarises the years of experience the two institutions gathered from various activities in support to the development of standardised system for systematic land registration in rural areas of Lao PDR.


The UK Department for International Development and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment published a report on land-based investments and the Dilemmas they present to local communities and host governments.


Secure access to land has become a major focus of German Development Cooperation, resulting in a growing need for appropriate orientation and knowledge for development practitioners. The publication discusses principles for dealing with land related problems.

Downloads Land Governance [ID: 256]


Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference were agreed upon in 2013 and establish the core functions of the Group, as well as procedures with regard to chairmanship and application for membership.

Briefs and Notes

Contacts Land Governance [ID: 257]

Contact | Secretariat

Romy Sato

Agricultural and Rural Development Advisor


Contact | Member

Mathieu Boche

French Ministry of Foreign Affairs Land expert & Chair of the Global Donor WG on Land

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