Fertile ground for the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure? Critical reflections about the political landscape in Latin America

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Governments, social movements, corporations, and marginalized people around the world are increasingly involved in struggles and negotiations about the control of land and resources. Questions of who gets what land, how, how much, why and with what implications are being vigorously contested in a variety of spaces.

Critical reflections on the TGs

About fertile ground for the implementation of the voluntary guidelines on the responsible governance of tenure?

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  • Alberto Alonso-Fradejas
  • Gonzalo Colque
  • Sérgio Sauer


The Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (TGs) passed in 2012 in the UN Committee for Food Security (CFS) can contribute to democratizing resource politics today. However, interpretation of the TGs is highly contested, and therefore the implementation depends on the political tendencies of those actors who control it. This paper explores some trends around the interpretation and implementation of the Guidelines in Latin America, in order to make an initial sketch of how systematic research into the TGs can be done more meaningfully in order to support implementation which embraces the participatory spirit in which the Guidelines were developed.

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