Encouraging Responsible Investment in Agriculture

Promoting good governance and equitable access to natural resources

By popularizing the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the context of National Food Security (VGGT), Green Scenery aims at creating framework conditions that ensure transparent agricultural investments and the responsible administration of land.

In Sierra Leone, the livelihoods of many, particularly the rural poor, are based on secure and equitable access to and control over natural resources. Large-scale agricultural investments in the country often cause problems for small-scale farmers. Many people in the affected districts have lost their land and were not adequately compensated for the loss of this important natural resource. Therefore, Sierra Leone needs land usage rights, which improve the legal security of farming households, their access to land and food security.

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. Weak Governance of natural resources and the inadequate control over land, fisheries and forests causes tenure problems and puts the most vulnerable under risk. The livelihoods of Sierra Leone’s subsistence farmers for example depend on their land. In a response to the globally growing demand for natural resources, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and its partners developed theVGGT to secure tenure rights for everybody.

Green Scenery’s engagement for transparency and participation in the acquisition of large-scale land investments has already started in 2013. With the financial support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the two Non-Governmental-Organizations Welthungerhilfe and IBIS, we empowered communities, State and non-State actors to deal with large-scale land leases and the social impacts of investments. Today, Green Scenery continues its advocacy and lobbying work using the experiences gained in the past in order to promote the implementation of the VGGT in Sierra Leone.

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Project Duration: 2015 - 2017
Donor Partners: Welthungerhilfe and BMZ.

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