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13-06: Enabling voices, demanding rights: A guide to gender-sensitive community engagement in large-scale land-based investment in agriculture
11:00am - 12:30pm
Enabling voices, demanding rights: A guide to gender-sensitive community engagement in large-scale land-based investment in agriculture
Eileen Wakesho Mwagae1, Francine Picard Mukazi2, Charles Opiyo1
1Oxfam International; 2International Institute for Sustainable Development, IISD, Switzerland
Oxfam jointly with International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) have developed a guide for influencing proactive meaningful community engagement and especially that of women to ensure social, economic and environmental costs and benefits of LSLBI in Agriculture benefit national economy of host countries, improve livelihood of local communities and promote women empowerment. The guide is distinguished from other existing guide in a number of ways. It is written from the perspective of concerns and interests of communities in African countries. Additionally, the guide recognizes and is deliberate it accommodates the right of women and communities to evaluate prospective LSLBI and provide or withhold their consent to the LSLBI or particular aspects of the LSLBI proceeding. The guide provides step, by step guidance on land governance, human rights and equity considerations of each stage of the LSLBI, with a focus on communities.