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Monday, 14 July 2014 14:01

Responsible land governance critical in combating food insecurity

Written by  James Mwale

 

Lilongwe, July 14: Government of Malawi and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) have joined hands in enhancing awareness on responsible governance of land tenure arguing it is vital in the country’s fight against food insecurity.

This has come to light in the wake of a three day workshop which is geared towards increasing awareness on the Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of Food Security (VGGT) organised by FAO along with the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.

Speaking in Lilongwe Monday at the opening of the workshop, Ministry of Lands’ Principal Secretary Ivy Luhanga described the workshop as vital saying people’s sustainable food security largely depends on land ownership.

She said “Government is recognises land as an important factor of production which and that one of the challenges being faced is insufficient awareness on existing land related laws.

“The purpose of these Voluntary Guidelines is therefore to serve as a reference for guidance to improve the governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests with the overarching goal of achieving food security for all and to support the progressive realisation of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security.”

FAO Country Representative Florence Rolle concurred with Luhanga stressing that Malawians largely depend on land, fisheries and forestry for livelihood and that responsible and well informed management of these natural resources had direct reflections and impact on the people.

She also urged for the accelerated passing of the Land Access Bill arguing that it would provide a legal backbone to the guidelines.

Rolle also revealed that her organisation was committed to working with government in ensuring national food security in the country and saw the Lands ministry as the best strategic entry point and she promised continued support.

The workshop which is being held at Crossroads Hotel has attracted various stakeholders including representatives from the government, Civil Society, private sector, the academia and international partners.