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BUILDING BACK BETTER: CONFRONTING THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON LAND TENURE, FOOD SECURITY AND NUTRITION
13 October 2020

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Partners Event on coordinating a Covid-19 response while monitoring the effect on governance of tenure and determining how to build back better

 

Organizers: 
Land Portal Foundation
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Welthungerhilfe
Global Donor Platform for Rural Development
Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment
International Land Coalition
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Informal settlements and access to data in the time of COVID: a case for sharing data for decision making
22 October 2020

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United States
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South Africa
Global

 

The spread of COVID-19 in South Africa and other countries in the region has again brought to the fore the fact that very dense, under-serviced, mostly informal, settlements are not healthy places to live. They are also places where the spread of a disease is difficult to prevent or manage. 

 

 

Organizers: 
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
Land Portal Foundation

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Land is an essential source of livelihood for a majority of Sierra Leoneans. Most of Sierra Leone’s population lives in rural areas and it’s GDP is largely based on agriculture. The three main livelihood activities surveyed in the 2015 population and housing census are crop farming, animal husbandry and fishery, which depend largely on access to and ownership of land. Smallholders mostly cultivate rice, cassava, cocoa, coffee, cashew, groundnut, palm oil, vegetables and other fruit trees.

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Despite the achievement of Constitutional democracy in 1994, 'the land question' is at the heart of South Africa's struggles to overcome the cumulative legacies of nearly 350 years of white minority rule. The emotive quality of land policies evokes painful legacies fuelled by disappointments with the official land reform programme ushered in by the new Constitution of 1996. There is broad agreement that land reform programmes have not fulfilled their aims to significantly redistribute land and productive agrarian capacity, strengthen land tenure for the majority, and settle the restitution claims of victims of land dispossession.

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