Improving Food Security and Land Governance through Investment Standards
While increased public and private investment in agriculture is necessary after decades of underinvestment, the quality of such investment is critical to have a positive impact on poverty reduction, food security and sustainable development. The legal and policy frameworks governing trade, foreign investment and agricultural production need to be progressively aligned or better integrated. Collaborations with selected governments and parliamentarians and with relevant commodity standards offer effective entry points for fostering investment in land and water that improve the livelihoods of the rural poor.
Agriculture & food security
Agriculture value-chain development (til 2016)
- Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne
- Other international or foreign NGO North
- Energy Science Center of EPFL International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
During the last decade, the growing number and scale of investments in land in developing countries have often had negative impacts on the livelihoods of the affected local population and more specifically on local food security. Governments in developing countries, the private sector and civil society need to set, implement and monitor regulatory frameworks for agricultural investments. which ensure transparency, accountability, sustainability, equity, and participation.
To create an enabling environment for responsible investment in agriculture that improves the livelihood of local communities and smallholders, safeguards local food security, and respects land tenure and resource rights. Subgoal TA 2: The goal of the programme of the Roundtable for Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) is to improve the policy and regulatory framework for sustainable biofuels production in targeted countries and to improve socio-economic conditions of smallholders through the production of RSB certified biofuels Subgoal TA 3: The goal of the programme of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is to promote sustainable development and poverty reduction by fostering transparent, fair and balanced international and domestic investment frameworks as they relate to agricultural land and water.
The target group of TA 2 is smallholder farmers that want to improve their livelihoods by engaging in RSB certified biofuel production and developing country government administration that want to make biofuel production more sustainable and avoid negative implications on land tenure and food security. The target groups of TA 3 are developing country investment negotiators and members of the Pan-African Parliament.
1. Increased access of smallholders to RSB certification system
2. Implementation and enforcement of policy reforms towards more sustainable biofuel production 3. Improved quality and capacity of developing country participation in international processes on agricultural investment 4. Improved quality of parliamentarian involvement in domestic and regional deliberations relating to agricultural investments 5. Incorporation of sustainable development dimensions in key international processes relating to agricultural investment
Results from previous phases:
The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) has developed implementing guidelines for making their principles on land rights, food security and local development operational, and to make them an effective tool to provide safeguards for the sustainability of biofuels projects. The draft guidelines have been successfully pilot tested in 6 projects on 3 continents and will become official standard documents in 2012.
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International or foreign NGO
Swiss Academic and Research Institution
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 2'300'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 2'232'775|
Phase 1 01.01.2011 - 31.12.2014 (Completed)