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Farmers, Peasants & Forest Dwellers

Small-scale and family farmers, peasants and forest dwellers are vital to global food security. Yet many small-scale producers live in, or on the edge of, poverty. Land rights can be the key to securing better livelihoods for them and their families, and keeping their knowledge and custodianship of the land at the heart of our food systems, for the health of humanity and the planet.
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Farmers with less than 2Ha of land still produce more than 30% of the world’s food.

Despite this, many family farmers and small-scale producers live in or on the edge of poverty. This is in part due to histories of unequal land distribution, little public investment, and a food system that favours corporate controlled agriculture.

Around the globe family farmers are living with insecure and uncertain forms of tenure, slowly being squeezed out of their land. This in turn is undermining their ability to contribute to sustainable and local food systems.

Family farmers and small-scale producers must be given their rightful place in feeding the world of the future.

Securing their access to and control over land, and other natural resources is a fundamental element to ensure this happens.

With cultural and historical connections to their lands, they hold the solutions to transforming our food system and fighting the climate crisis. They employ agroecological practices that research has proven to increase soil carbon stocks. Such sustainable practices sequester carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

It’s time to end 'farming without farmers' and keep private equity firms out of our food systems.

Dig into their stories to understand how strong family farming systems is transforming lives.

Our people's organisations led by farmers, peasants and forest dwellers:

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FEEDING FAMILIES WITH INDONESIA’S AGRARIAN REFORM

"After we got our land rights, we could toil on our farm and plant chilies, cloves and nutmeg. Our yields made it possible for me to open a small shop, educate my children and to host social gatherings"- Anci Tatawi

MEET ANCI

FARMING
FOR THE FUTURE
IN SOUTH AFRICA

“The community lacks a lot of proper nutrition. The food they buy is produced commercially, with pesticides and chemicals. I wanted to change the narrative and have them eat food that was grown organically.” - Mokgadi Modiba

MEET MOKGADI MODIB

Can the land community use UNDROP to protect the right to land?

ILC & Geneva Academy present an easy to use manual on how the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants can be used to protect the right to land

( PDF 4.1 MB )

Global & Regional Initiatives

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Family Farming Initiative

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INICIATIVA AGRICULTURA FAMILIAR

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Making Family Farms Secure, Sustainable, and Viable in Asia

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STRENGTHENING SMALL SCALE FARMING IN AFRICA

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#IFAD #2. Strong small-scale farming systems #Global

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#Africa #Family Farming #Women's Land Rights #Family farming #2. Strong small-scale farming systems #4. Equal Land Rights for Women #South Africa #Women's Land Rights #COVID-19

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#Asia #Human Rights #1. Secure tenure rights #10. Protection for land rights defenders #Indonesia #KPA

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#Forestry #Community Land Rights #Albania #Europe, Middle East & North Africa

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#CODECA #Global #KPA #Youth #AFA #LENTAMENTE #Establishment and strengthening of local institutions #7. Inclusive decision-making

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#Family Farming #Family farming #2. Strong small-scale farming systems #Inequality

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#Asia #Research and training #1. Secure tenure rights #2. Strong small-scale farming systems #Land monitoring, indicators and alternative reporting #Philippines

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#Asia #Kyrgyzstan #Water management #NUWUA #2. Strong small-scale farming systems #6. Locally managed ecosystems #Family farming #Climate change #Ecosystems

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#Global #Family Farming #Knowledge and information management #Jordan #Advocacy & campaigning #Application of laws, guidelines & standards #2. Strong small-scale farming systems #Toolkits #Cameroon #Guatemala #India #Indonesia #Mauritania #Nicaragua #Senegal #IFAD #DQLCC #SARRA #MBOSCUDA #KPA #TRÓCAIRE

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#2. Strong small-scale farming systems #Family Farming #Application of laws, guidelines & standards #Global Goals

Tools and Manuals

The right to land & UNDROP

17 December 2020

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#2. Strong small-scale farming systems #Global #Family Farming #Research

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#Global #2. Strong small-scale farming systems #Family Farming #Research

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#Land policy and multi-stakeholder dialogue #Advocacy & campaigning #1. Secure tenure rights #2. Strong small-scale farming systems #7. Inclusive decision-making #Project design and implementation support #Establishment and strengthening of local institutions #Asia #Advocacy #Youth #Philippines #Multistakeholder processes #PAKISAMA #AFA

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#Africa #Rangelands #Land conflict resolution #Advocacy & campaigning #2. Strong small-scale farming systems #3. Diverse tenure systems #5. Secure territorial rights for indigenous peoples #Establishment and strengthening of local institutions #Land rights #Indigenous peoples #Conflict resolution #Advocacy #Cameroon #Natural resource management #Multistakeholder processes #Pastoralism #Water management #MBOSCUDA