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11-06: Principles of Responsible Agro Investment: Next Steps
Thursday, 22/Mar/2018:
2:00pm - 3:30pm

Session Chair: Chris Brett, World Bank, United States of America
Location: MC 6-100

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Land Rights as a Critical Factor in Donor Agricultural Investments: Constraints and Opportunities for YieldWise in Kenya’s Mango Value Chain

Megan Olson, Jennifer Duncan, Tizai Mauto

Landesa, United States of America

Investment to improve the efficiency of smallholder farmers has the potential to strengthen food security, improve livelihoods, and enhance supply chains. Given the foundational nature of land rights to agriculture, the authors argue it’s important to accompany agricultural interventions with land tenure assessments to understand how those interventions can be impacted by – and potentially impact – smallholder’s land rights. This paper explores how land assessments in agricultural interventions can highlight barriers affecting program uptake, sustainability, and success, thereby shedding light on new solutions for donors and implementers. The authors draw on the land tenure assessment they conducted for the Rockefeller Foundation on its YieldWise Initiative programming in Kenya, presenting findings and recommendations from that assessment. The authors present six land-related issues and accompanying recommendations to help Rockefeller and program implementers design, implement, and monitor the program to attain more sustainable and equitable outcomes, particularly for women and youth.


Responsible Large-Scale Land Investments In Uganda - Current Application And Potential Scope Of International Safeguards

Felix Schilling1, Tobias Vorlaufer2, Michael Kirk2, Christian Graefen3

1Justus Liebig University Giessen; 2University of Marburg; 3Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

As a consequence of the sharp increase in large-scale agricultural land investments on a global level, a number of international initiatives and investment principles have emerged to foster responsible investments in land and agriculture in developing countries. This paper focuses on how these voluntary safeguards are operationalized by large-scale agricultural land investments in Uganda and whether the resulting activities successfully mitigate risks of (land) disputes. In this context, data collection through key informant interviews during a field research revealed limited awareness of these safeguards among various stakeholders and limited awareness of investors for the risks of land disputes and potential mitigation measures. Moreover, barriers for the implementation of voluntary safeguards from an investor’s perspective such as lacking monitoring capacities and secondary effects on land markets are identified. In conclusion, potential interventions for governments, international organizations and donors to stipulate responsible agricultural investments in land are outlined by this paper.


Governing Land Investments: Do Governments have Legal Support Gaps?

Sam Szoke-Burke, Kaitlin Cordes, Nadeeya Salleh

Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, United States of America

The terms governing land investments can shape whether host countries and local communities benefit from investment projects. Yet host governments in low- and middle- income countries often lack sufficient legal and technical capacity to prepare for, negotiate, implement, and monitor investments, and can confront barriers in accessing necessary expertise. This report focuses on the “legal support gaps” encountered by low- and middle- income countries in the context of land investments for agricultural and forestry projects that are regulated by investor-state contracts. It offers good practices—for host governments, donors, legal support providers, and investors—that can increase government access to, and use of, legal support and improve the capacity of lawyers to help governments achieve responsible land investments.


From Abstract to Actionable: The Status and Prospects of Emerging Tools and Innovations to Achieve Responsible Land Based Investments

Bryson Ogden, Andy White

Rights and Resources Initiative, United States of America

The Interlaken Group is an informal network of individual leaders from influential companies, investors, CSOs, government and international organizations. The purpose of the Group is to expand and leverage private sector action to secure community land rights. Together they develop, adopt and disseminate new tools and advance new “pre-competitive” mechanisms to accelerate private sector learning on responsible land rights practices.

This presentation will provide an update on the status, progress, and next steps of efforts being undertaken or steered by the Interlaken Group towards narrowing the “implementation gap” between private sector commitments to respect community rights to land and forests, and actual change on the ground.


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