Given the increasing recognition of land issues in the development debate and the major challenge posed by the phenomenon of land acquisition, Mr Michael Taylor (International Land Coalition) concluded the meeting by stressing the importance to focus on people and notably on local land users. In this framework, he emphasized not only that local people right to access land and natural resources is part of the right to food, but he also noticed that their involvement in decisions concerning land in joint venture with the private sector could represent an opportunity to revitalize economies.
Also Ms Cécile Broutin (GRET) pointed out the interlinkages between land issues and food security. Agricultural, land and trade policies should be coherently designed in order to promote a sustainable economic development with an efficient and equitable use of land and production means. In this framework, support to small scale farming appears to be key.
(interview in French)