In many areas of South Sudan, insecure or inadequate land tenure rights increase vulnerability, hunger, poverty and lead to conflict and environmental degradation. The development of Agricultural Land Tenure Guidelines is critical to enable the agriculture sector of South Sudan to reach its extensive potential as a key pillar in a diversified national economy as well as a pivotal resource in the fight against rural poverty. In support of this aim, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Cooperatives and Rural Development launched a workshop on “Development of Agricultural and Land Tenure Guidelines”.
The workshop brought together over 40 participants from different Ministries, UN agencies, NGOs, donors and partners. Honorable Lily Albino, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Cooperatives and Rural Development opened the workshop by thanking FAO for facilitating the workshop. The launch workshop aimed to spearhead a participatory process with key partners at the national and sub-national levels to develop Agricultural Land Tenure Guidelines. Honorable Lily noted wide participation from all ten states in South Sudan, as well as Greater Pibor Administrative Area and the Abyei Administrative Area.
In his opening remarks, Mr. Jaden Emilio, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Cooperatives and Rural Development, said, “We are here today because we need to put our heads together so we can reduce the conflicts on management of land in South Sudan.” Mr. Robert Lado, Chairperson for South Sudan Land Commission, spoke about land politics, land policy and land grabbing.
FAO Representative Dr. Sue Lautze pledged FAO’s commitment to put forth its best efforts to help the agriculture sector in South Sudan. She added, “The Land Tenure Guidelines are not only about minimizing conflict but are essential for ensuring that the natural resources in South Sudan are used for a range people for equitable development, including for those who are marginalized in our societies.”
Source : Fao