FAO educating MPs on tenure of land, fisheries and forests

11 Jun 2019 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 11 JUN (NAMPA) – The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is holding a three-day seminar to educate Members of Parliament on responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries, and forests.
The round-table on the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance on Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context on National Food Security (VGGT) comes seven months after Namibia held its second indaba to address matters related to land.
FAO, according to their representatives, also wants to assist Namibia in securing access to land for the landless through the implementation of the 169 resolutions that emanated from the land conference.
The VGGTs are voluntary and therefore not legally binding.
The training session commenced on Monday in the capital. On the opening day, only 19 MPs were present at the gathering.
Deputy Speaker Loide Kasingo in her statement expressed disappointment in the MPs for failing to show up and said she hopes more legislators would attend the two remaining sessions.
The VGGT is the first global agreement on governance of tenure reached by consensus in May 2012 by the World Committee on Food Security (CFS).
This was done through a process of regional consultations held in 2009 and 2010 in Brazil, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Jordan, Namibia, Panama, Russia, Samoa and Romania.
“This was indeed a milestone as for the first time, states agreed on an international instrument anchored in human rights that sets out clear principles to improve the governance of tenure, focusing specifically on the rights of vulnerable and marginalised peoples,” FAO representative to Namibia, Farayi Zimudzi said at the opening of the session on Monday.
In essence, through the VGGTs, the seeks to secure full rights to land for small scale farmers; defend and regain the territories of indigenous peoples; secure access to and control over-fishing.
“VGGTs can contribute to and guide member states such as Namibia with laws and policies and strategies in securing access to and control over pasture land and migration routes for nomad pastoralist communities,” Zimudzi explained.