In autumn 2018, a new law on land rights was passed in Liberia, strengthening the rights of people in rural areas to access and use land.
The law not only benefited agricultural workers and subsistence farmers, it also represented a success for civil society in Liberia. An alliance of more than 30 organisations in the “Civil Society Organization Working Group on Land Rights Reform in Liberia” watched over the land reform process and helped to shape it through discussions with decision-makers. Almost all their demands were reflected in the new law. Welthungerhilfe supported the alliance through the “Land for Life” project.
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There is an urgent need for more investment in farming and rural development. However, not all investments are effective in combating hunger and poverty. In fact studies by Welthungerhilfe have also shown that the livelihoods and food and nutrition security of local populations can be harmed by large-scale agricultural investments from international companies. The human right to food is under threat.
Designing policy for food and nutrition security
This was the starting point for the Welthungerhilfe project, “Land for Life: Supporting Multi-actor Partnerships Working on Land Governance”. Welthungerhilfe works with partners in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Germany to support platforms that bring all relevant actors to the table for dialogue: civil society groups, political decision-makers and investors. The aim of the multi-actor partnerships (MAPs) is to formulate and implement strategies for land ownership and responsible agricultural investments that are in line with international standards, particularly when it comes to implementing the human right to food.