The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in collaboration with the Government of Liberia through the Land Commission and other partners will today October 1, begin a two day conference on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests.
This is the second conference on the National Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGT) to be held at the Monrovia City Hall.
The program will bring together government officials from various agencies, partners, traditional leaders, local leaders, civil society organizations, among others.
The conference will develop a national communication strategy on tenure rights in keeping with the VGGT in the context of national food Security. It is a follow-up to the first workshop held from June 17 – 20, 2014.
The initiative falls under a project funded by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture of the Federal Republic of Germany. The project objective is to provide support to the implementation of the VGGT in several countries, including Liberia through a series of multi-stakeholders workshops and a long-term learning curriculum for national actors on tenure governance. Up to one hundred people are expected to attend.
In Liberia, the VGGT principles are well embedded in the Land Rights Policy. A national communication strategy, emanating out of the gathering will serve as a major tool in harmonizing tenure messages for all actors in the Land, Forestry and Fisheries sectors.
FAO is an agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger by making sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.
The three main goals of FAO include the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all. FAO also supports the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations.