Voluntary Guidelines: At A Glance

The Guidelines promote responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests, with respect to all forms of tenure: public, private, communal, indigenous, customary, and informal. Their overarching goals 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. The eradication of hunger and poverty, and the sustainable use of the environment, depend in large measure on how people, communities and others gain access to land, fisheries and forests. Access to natural resources is defined and regulated by tenure systems. Tenure systems increasingly face stress as the world’s growing population requires food security, and as environmental degradation and climate change reduce the availability of land, fisheries and forests. Inadequate and insecure tenure rights increase vulnerability, hunger and poverty, and can lead to conflict and environmental degradation when competing users fight for control of the resources. The governance of tenure is a crucial element in determining if and how people, communities and others are able to acquire rights, and associated duties, to use and control land, fisheries and forests.


Title: Voluntary Guidelines: At A Glance
Authors: Food And Agriculture Organization Of The United Nations
Tags: sustainable livelihood
food security
rural development
Date: 1-Jul-2012
Publisher: Food And Agriculture Organization Of The United Nations
URI: http://library.ipamglobal.org/jspui/handle/ipamlibrary/520
Weblink: http://www.panap.net/sites/default/files/Voluntary-Guidelines-At-A-Glance-FAO-2012.pdf
Category Type: Reports
Appears in Sub-Collections:Food security


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