EU Land Policy and the Right to Food

23 December 2008
Report

In 2004 the EU Commission published EU Land Policy Guide-lines: Guidelines for Support to Land Policy Design and Land Policy Reform Process in Developing Countries. It proposes that steps be taken to allow the legal recognition of customary rights and to strengthen the institutional capacities of customary structures that enforce them.

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  • 978-90-71007-24-8

In 2004 the EU Commission published EU Land Policy Guide-lines: Guidelines for Support to Land Policy Design and Land Policy Reform Process in Developing Countries. This document was drafted by a task force comprising representatives of some EU member states and independent experts, and was endorsed by the European Council and Parliament. Although it is non-prescriptive, the document contains clear recommendations to governments and donors engaged in land policy, which are geared towards the defence and strengthening of small-scale family agriculture. It proposes that steps be taken to allow the legal recognition of customary rights and to strengthen the institutional capacities of customary structures that enforce them.

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