Germany, Sierra Leone and FAO agree on land partnership

Germany, Sierra Leone and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have agreed on a land partnership. Aim: The aim of this agreement is to improve legislative and administrative practice in Sierra Leone's rural sector.

Secure land tenure rights and access to land are of existential importance in ensuring food security for the rural population of Sierra Leone. At the same time the country urgently needs investment in agriculture to promote economic growth and fight poverty. With this land partnership, Germany and the FAO would like to support the government of Sierra Leone in creating the legal and administrative parameters for responsible and sustainable investment in the agricultural sector

What this responsible governance of land tenure rights should exactly entail was set out by the United Nations for the first time in 2012 in jointly formulated voluntary guidelines. With regard to the land partnership agreement with Sierra Leone and the FAO, Federal Minister of Agriculture Christian Schmidt underlined that: "My colleague, Agriculture Minister Dr. Joseph Sam Sesay, and the other ministries involved are fully committed to supporting this project. As partners, we are both taking action to fill the guidelines on land with life – for greater food security and a better future for the people of Sierra Leone."

The partnership is aimed at strengthening the local population's tenure rights and at the same time at improving the investment climate. It is planned to establish a national dialogue forum in order to specifically include civil society in the reform of national legislation in the land sector.
The trilateral partnership was initiated as a result of a corresponding agreement made during the G8 Summit in Lough Erne in 2013, but was delayed by the outbreak of the Ebola crisis. In Lough Erne, the G8 States agreed on engaging in partnerships to support less developed countries in implementing the Voluntary Guidelines at national level.

This land partnership will enable Germany and Sierra Leone to build on their good working relations which go back over many years. Germany provided strong support, both politically and financially, to the negotiating process on the FAOO's Voluntary Guidelines.

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