Land and natural resource tenure security is an important area of economic development and poverty reduction in the developing world but is mostly ignored. Often, many International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) supported projects and programmes have land tenure effects. In some cases, their designs entail land tenure
interventions such as improvements to land tenure arrangements so as to support the development goals of the project. Failure in dealing with tenure issues may make a development project unable to benefit disadvantaged communities. This is why land tenure analyses and interventions are significant in the design and implementation of IFAD supported projects.
Consequently, RCMRD attended the Land Tenure Tools Knowledge Sharing Workshop in Kampala, Uganda on 26th May, 2017. The objective of the workshop was to identify opportunities and agree on mutual action plan for building capacities for addressing land tenure risks in IFAD supported projects and programmes. In particular, workshop participants highlighted tenure risks and issues in IFAD supported projects and programmes in agriculture, shared tenure tools and methodologies and discussed their application in different situations, identified opportunities for building land tenure capacities in IFAD activities, and defined opportunities for mainstreaming tenure tools in continuing IFAD supported projects and programmes.
The training was attended by coordinators and staff IFAD supported projects and programmes, projects that participated in past Land and Natural Resources Learning Initiative for Eastern and Southern Africa (TSLI-ESA) activities and future interested parties, representatives of communities and farmers who’ve benefited from IFAD supported projects and programmes that have implemented tools, and representatives of the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) partners who have supported tool implementation and delivery of the regional training and learning events.