Empower smallholder African farmers to turn land into wealth — FAO

Devex’s Alexandre Cabaret interviews FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo in Brussels

How is the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization working to place property rights and land management at the heart of the European Union’s international development policy, and what are the main challenges ahead?

Devex’s Alexandre Cabaret asked FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo following the launch of a recent EU commitment to spend €33 million ($45.6 million) to improve land governance, and the food and nutrition security of smallholder farmers and vulnerable communities in sub-Saharan Africa.

Click on the above video to learn more insights from Semedo on how the 2012 Voluntary Guidelines on land tenure can assist these efforts, the next steps on FAO’s property rights policy for the region, and where the funding will come from.

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  • Carlos Santamaria

    Carlos is a former associate editor for breaking news in Devex's Manila-based news team. He joined Devex after a decade working for international wire services Reuters, AP, Xinhua, EFE ,and Philippine social news network Rappler in Madrid, Beijing, Manila, New York, and Bangkok. During that time, he also covered natural disasters on the ground in Myanmar and Japan.

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