Global land deal guidelines could pave way to world without hunger
New directives on access rights to land, fisheries and forests show constructive collaboration on food security is possible
[Author: José Graziano da Silva is director general of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation]
The eradication of hunger depends in large measure on how people, communities and others have access to, and manage, land, fisheries and forests. Pressure on these resources, and on tenure arrangements, is increasing as new areas are cultivated to provide food for a rapidly growing population, urban areas expand, and as a result of environmental degradation, climate change and conflict. Rural landlessness is often the best predictor of poverty and hunger. Moreover, insecure tenure rights can lead to instability and conflict when competing users fight for control of these resources.
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