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Our food systems are broken. Land rights can transform them.

Industrial agricultural practices are responsible for 25-30% of total global emissions.

Large-scale and industrial agriculture costs the environment 3 trillion USD a year and causes massive deforestation, water scarcity, biodiversity loss, and soil depletion. The way our current food system works not only exacerbates our climate crisis, it also entrenches land inequality.

Across the globe, local farmers and livestock keepers with their expertise are being squeezed out of their lands. We found that the largest 1% of farms operate more than 70% of farmland, while over 80% of smallholdings of less than two hectares are excluded from hugely profitable global food chains. In excluding them, they simultaneously undermine the wealth of food diversity that forms the basis of rural agrarian livelihoods across the Global South.

Corporate food chains treat people and food as commodities, as opposed to creating stability for farmers and encouraging land use practises aimed towards sustaining eco-friendly community livelihoods.

When people who live on and from the land have land rights, food is easily produced and is more plentiful, available, and affordable for those who most need it. Land rights are also a key component for building inclusive and efficient value chains, markets and circular economies for more sustainable production and consumption patterns and just food systems transitions.

Don’t let #FoodGiants displace the true experts in their field.

Ultimately everyone's ability to feed themselves, to feed their families, their communities is determined by their access to resources and land.

Michael Fakhri, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food


Our top 5 solutions for sustainable food systems

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Human Rights Approach

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Rebalance power

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Transparency and accountability

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Protect access to commons

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Recognise Indigenous Peoples territorial rights

A farmer transforms her local food system in South Africa

"I wanted to change the narrative and have them eat food that was grown organically." -Mokgadi Modiba

Tackling the issue

Explore the ways ILC's membership is leading food system transformations through sustainable, climate-healing, family farming practices

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

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#1. Secure tenure rights #2. Strong small-scale farming systems #Global #Farmers, Peasants, Forest Dwellers


#2. Strong small-scale farming systems #Farmers, Peasants, Forest Dwellers


#5. Secure territorial rights for indigenous peoples #10. Protection for land rights defenders #Global #3. Diverse tenure systems

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#Africa #Kenya #2. Strong small-scale farming systems

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