Educating producers about their rights

02 Oct 2015

Governments and non-state actors are currently working to implement the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGT).

The VGGT recognise farmers’ ownership and access rights for all forms of tenure: public, private, communal, indigenous, customary and informal. In empowering producers to protect their assets, they help achieve sustainable livelihoods, social stability, housing security, rural development, environmental protection and sustainable social and economic development, as well as help eradicate poverty and hunger. The VGGT are particularly important for small-scale farmers, vulnerable populations and marginalised groups. The success of the VGGT will depend largely on farmers’ awareness of their land rights.

The VGGT were developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and endorsed by the Committee on World Food Security in 2012. Implementation of the VGGT has since been encouraged by G20, Rio+20, the United Nations General Assembly and the Francophone Assembly of Parliamentarians. You can learn more about the VGGT here

The Alliance is committed to helping educate co-operative stakeholders about the VGGT and their importance for protecting co-operative producers.

Workshop on the VGGT in Antalya

In collaboration with the FAO, the Alliance is organising a workshop during its Global Conference in Antalya to raise awareness among co-operatives about the VGGT. Want to register for the event? Visit the event page.