Why security of tenure is crucial for good land management

Gerda Verburg of the Committee on World Food Security on setting standards for responsible land use.

Why is security of land tenure so crucial to ensure sustainable land use?

“If you’re a farmer and you’re not secure about … tenure on your land for the next two months, why should you invest in the next harvest?” Gerda Verburg, the Netherlands’ ambassador to the Committee on World Food Security, told Devex’s Alexandre Cabaret earlier this year in a video interview on the sidelines of a high-level conference hosted by the European Parliament on land and property rights in the developing world.

Gerda Verburg: How the EU can support food security.

Verburg also discussed how the European Union can support efforts to fight “land grabs” in Africa, for instance by helping national governments build strong institutions and prioritizing women.

Click on the above clip to learn more insights from the Dutch official on how these efforts could impact food security on the continent.

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