Ask Ag About... Land Tenure and Governance
Event Date: Jul 22, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM to 12:00 PM (GMT -4)
Location: United States
Online: Online Event
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Effectively addressing issues of land tenure and resource governance can mean the difference between project success and failure. This requires implementers to develop a clear understanding of the social and political structures surrounding access to land and other resources. Implementers must also weigh the interests of various stakeholders in land tenure systems, including smallholder farmers, large agribusiness firms and local governments. Balancing these issues and interests can be challenging, but by integrating considerations of tenure into agriculture projects, practitioners can help ensure that projects contribute to long-term resilience and food security.
This month’s “Ask Ag” discussion will explore the challenges and solutions associated with land tenure at both the project and policy levels. In addition to robust contributions from the Agrilinks community, this chat will feature Mercedes Stickler, Senior Land Tenure and Evaluation Specialist at USAID, Karol Boudreaux, Land Tenure and Natural Resource Management Practice Lead at The Cloudburst Group, Tiernan Mennen, Global Practice Lead on Land and Property Rights at Chemonics, and Kevin Barthel, Practice Manager for Land Administration at Land Alliance, Inc.
Questions for Consideration:
- What are some best practices for identifying all of the stakeholders in a plot or area of land and, in turn, identifying the decision makers on that land?
- At what points in the design and implementation of a project should land tenure be considered?
- How can governments and private firms mitigate any negative effects of large scale land acquisition on small holder farmers?
- In what ways can land tenure considerations further social equity while addressing agricultural productivity and sustainability?
Ask Ag About... Land Tenure and Governance
Karol Boudreaux is the Land Tenure and Natural Resource Management Practice Lead at The Cloudburst Group, a USAID implementing partner. Karol is a lawyer and land tenure and resource rights expert with two decades of experience in... more the field and as a researcher. Prior to joining The Cloudburst Group, Karol served as USAID’s Africa Land Tenure Specialist. Karol has conducted field research in 10 African countries and has published more than 30 articles and a monograph on property rights, in addition to many opinion editorials. less
Tiernan is Director of Land and Resource Rights at Chemonics International. His career has centered around researching and managing projects on human rights, justice reform, and land rights for vulnerable populations around the... more world. He has worked in over 30 countries on all continents with extended experience in Bolivia, South Sudan, Honduras, DR Congo, Peru, Malaysia, and Hungary and with a variety of institutions, including UNDP, the World Bank, the Open Society Institute, DFID, DANIDA, USAID, and various NGOs. less
Mercedes Stickler is the Senior Land Tenure and Evaluation Specialist in USAID's Land Tenure and Resource Management Office. She has more than 10 years of experience in research, project management, and technical assistance in the... more land sector and has previously worked for the World Bank, the World Resources Institute, and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. Mercedes leads USAID's land tenure impact evaluations and provides technical assistance to the Agency on issues related to land tenure, climate-smart agriculture, natural resources management, and land governance. less
Kevin is the Practice Manager for Land Administration at Land Alliance. He has 28 years of experience as a professional geographer focused on property rights and land policy to promote economic development and sound natural... more resource management. He is the Land Administration Practice Manager at Land Alliance and serves to support the design of land administration systems and identification of technology solutions to document land rights. His comprehensive land policy experience includes: modernization of land administration and registration; land tenure regularization and titling; cadastral surveying and data management; geographic information systems and GNSS-based geodetic control development; and design and implementation of surveying and mapping projects. less