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15.11.2022 | Blog

The 10th Anniversary of the Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure in Times of Multiple Crises

10 years after the passage of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT), Welthungerhilfe co-organizes two consecutive events on 28th and 30th of November to take stock, assess the potential of the guidelines in the current context of multiple crises, and pave the way forward for responsible land governance and food security.

Lokale Anwohner laufen durch eine Palmölplantage in Sierra Leone.
Local residents walk through a palm oil plantation in Sierra Leone. There are large agricultural investments in the country. © Welthungerhilfe/Brockmann
Team Policy & External Relations

In times of multiple crises, such as conflicts, the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, and rising global food prices, the pressure on land resources continues to grow. Safeguarding fair and equal access to land remains essential to food security and food systems transformation. The 10th anniversary of the VGGT provides an opportunity to take stock, evaluate and discuss the potential of the guidelines as a tool to improve both, land governance and food security worldwide. 

To this end, Welthungerhilfe co-organizes a virtual thematic exchange on the 28th of November, where international experts and practitioners will come together to discuss the impact of the guidelines over the past 10 years, identify gaps and successes in the current context and further generate concrete recommendations for the way forward. In interactive working groups, approaches for improved utilization of the guidelines, like multi-stakeholder partnerships, or data for accountability will be discussed, while also connecting the land governance debate to further current discourses on food systems transformation, conflict resolution, and human-rights-based tools.

Jointly organized by Welthungerhilfe, German Institute for Global and Area Studies(GIGA) / Land Matrix Initiative (LMI), and International Land Coalition (ILC), and with contributions by TMG Research and Working Group on Peace and Development (FriEnt), the event forms the basis for an in-person political panel in Berlin on the 30th of November.

Here, A high-level panel with the member of the German parliament Renate Künast, Svantje Nielsson from the German Ministry for Food and Agriculture, Welthungerhilfe’s Secretary General Mathias Mogge, Ellen O. Pratt from the Liberia Land Authority, Dr. Ward Anseeuw, founder of the Land Matrix Initiative, and Berns Komba Lebbie from Land for Life Sierra Leone, will discuss the generated recommendations, the potential of the guidelines for improving food security in times of multiple crises and reflect on Germany’s role in the implementation of the guidelines worldwide. Further inputs will be given by Michael Fuhrmann, who is the current deputy head of the German Institute for Human Rights, and honoree for his role during the negotiations of the VGGT, as well as Michael Taylor, CEO of the International Land Coalition (ILC).

For inquiries, please refer to:

Mirjam Harteisen
Policy & External Relations
Senior Advisor
+49 (0)228 2288-582

Anna Schreiber
Policy & External Relations
Projectmanagerin Land for Life
+49 (0)228 2288-704


Agenda November 28, 2022

When: November 28, 2022, 2 pm (CET), Duration 3,5h

Where: Zoom



Presentation and Q&A

Part II - THE WAY FORWARD: Improving the effectiveness of the VGGT 

Break-out sessions with introductory inputs and open discussion




Lisa Witter

Agenda November 30, 2022

When: November 30, 2022 | 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM (CET), followed by a reception
Where: Deutsches Theater
 (Rangfoyer/Saal), Schumannstraße 13A, 10117 Berlin







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