Access to Land and Productive Natural Resources

Burkina Faso - Man with Dry Land © Photo: Florence Kroff
Paradoxically, the majority of the hungry and malnourished people worldwide live where food is produced – in rural areas.  Half of the hungry worldwide are marginalized smallholder farmers.  Another 22 percent are the landless, who earn their income either as agricultural laborers or in informal sector activities in rural economies.  The lack of access to productive resources – namely land, water and seeds – is therefore one of the key reasons why people suffer chronic hunger and malnutrition.

Many individuals, groups and communities do not have access to land and other natural resources, security of tenancy, or access to agricultural extension services and marketing opportunities.

Women are often particularly discriminated against. Despite their high contribution to agrarian production, in most cases, women do not possess their own land or have access to relevant programs like agrarian reform initiatives and other productive resources such as credits or technology.

FIAN's Work

FIAN's work on access to natural resources aims to increase national and international awareness for the lack of or insecure access to land and other related resources, and to analyze the issue from a human rights perspective.  Apart from contributing towards resolving concrete cases of human rights violations, FIAN aims to develop additional human rights protection standards for individuals, groups or communities threatened by landlessness and forced evictions.

One initiative carried out by FIAN, along with the international peasants’ movement, La Via Campesina and others is the Global Campaign on Agrarian Reform.  FIAN also promotes the effective implementation and use of the FAO Guidelines on the Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests to support the claims of those most affected by hunger and malnutrition.


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