Investing in Formal Land Rights for Commodity Smallholder Farmers: Lessons from land tenure public-private partnerships | Land Portal

The Côte d’Ivoire Land Partnership (CLAP) brings public and private sectors together to work for affordable land documentation for smallholder farmers at scale. The panellists explained that land security should be at the core of corporate sustainability agendas because it translates into benefits across supply chains. Providing smallholder farmers with land documentation to strengthen their land rights has an impact on their lives, their families and also their productivity. Most importantly, driving this goal through a PPP allows companies to engage in this topic in a more holistic and traversal approach in comparison with a single company’s isolated efforts.


Key Takeaways

  1. Secure land rights are key condition for sustainable production because farmers increase productivity, protect their family, invest in land, care for natural resources, and shift agricultural practices towards more sustainable farming.
  2. Legal land documents for farmers also provide companies with a solid proof of the origin of production, and therefore a higher assurance of not being related to deforestation.
  3. In the case of Côte d’Ivoire, tackling farmers’ land rights insecurity translates into contributing to closing the living income gap, fighting child labour and halting deforestation.
  4. PPPs allow companies to engage more actively in securing land rights for farmers and to leveraging funding for efforts at scale.
  5. PPPs facilitate implementation support for companies wanting to contribute to secure land rights for farmers.

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