The Multi Actors Platform on Land Governance and Responsible Agricultural Investment in Liberia (MAP Liberia), a land platform, has announced the launching of a series of major programs in Liberia to support land governance in the country.
The programs include the Private Sector Engagement Strategy in the context of Responsible Agriculture Investment (RAI), the Conduct of a Gender Audit, the Forum CIV Partners 3rd National Rural Women Conference in Liberia, and the Evaluation of the Land for Life (LfL)/ MAP Liberia Land Platform Phase II.
With funding support from the German Ministry for Economic Corporation, the MAP Platform plans to validate the strategy on private sector engagement and launch a national program to engage with the land sector to promote RAI in Liberia.
Also a national exercise is being planned by the platform thematic working group members on women, youth and people with disabilities to undertake a gender audit in the context of land governance and RAI, with support of the International Land Coalition.
Additionally, the platform also seeks a strategic partnership with platform members and the Swedish organization Forum CIV to implement recommendations from the 3rd National Rural Women's Land Conference.
The recommendations will be geared towards promoting laws, policies, and practices that ensure women's land rights.
During a meeting held at the office of the Liberia Land Authority (LLA) in Monrovia, the MAP Liberia Land Platform and key state actors working in the land sector in partnership with the LLA, underscored the need for these programs in order to enhance their delivery.
The meeting was held with the financial support of Land for Life through Welthungerhilfe (WHH).
About 30 representatives from various Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) working in the land sector and the Government of Liberia through the Liberia Land Authority were in attendance during the meeting.
Giving the overview of the meeting, the National Program Coordinator, MAP Liberia Land Platform, Mr. John F. Kelvin, said the Platform builds upon the foundation of achievements of the Voluntary Guideline on Responsible Governance of Tenure, Land and Fisheries in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT).
He also added that the MAP Platform also derived from the idea of the Multi-Stakeholders Platform (MSP) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals — (SDGs) 17 “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.”
In remarks, the Lead Facilitator of the MAP Liberia Land Platform, Mr. James Yarsiah, called for a more inclusive partnership among actors. “This is the time to delegate responsibilities with each actor and monitor their progress.”
Mr. Yarsiah added that the MAP Platform remains committed to working across all actors to ensure that it achieves its objectives.
Also speaking, Mrs. Daniela Gray-Johnson, Project Director, Liberia Land Authority (LLA) thanked the MAP Platform and CSOs working in the land sector for supporting the LLA in the land sector to achieve its goals and objectives.
She acknowledged the high level of collaboration on the MAP Platform.
“This meeting is another manifestation of our collaboration in working together to ensure that every individual is educated on their rights to land ownership,” she said.