18 February 2024
11:30 - 13:00 (Nepal Time, GMT +5:45)
About the event
In an era of many global crises - climate change, food insecurity and many more, the demand for land is at its highest.
Large-scale commercial agriculture continues to replace the agricultural practices of Indigenous Peoples (IPs), pastoralists, and smallholder farmers worldwide. The largest 1% of farms operate more than 70% of the world’s farmland and are integrated into the corporate food system. Meanwhile, 80% of the smallholdings of less than two hectares continue to feed a larger proportion of the world’s population, often not officially recognised as contributors to the global food system. Large-scale land deals for wind parks and solar farms for global climate action increase tremendous demand for land. In addition, millions of hectares of land are required to meet the projected biological carbon removal in climate pledges and commitments. The so-called green minerals required for just transitions are predominantly in land and territories owned and used by the IPs and other rural communities.
This demand for land has detrimental impacts on Indigenous Peoples and local communities. These groups often rely on ecosystem-based approaches to agriculture, such as agroecology, that strengthen the resilience of food systems while supporting biodiversity, food security, nutrition, and livelihoods. Given this, they should be recognised and supported as partners in resolving global crises instead of being made victims or vilified. Secure land tenure rights are key to supporting their food systems and livelihoods and protecting them from being evicted from their land.
This panel will raise awareness of the scale of the problem, present evidence about the contribution of these communities in tackling global crises at focus, highlight lessons learned from the “global land rush” and discuss the role of strengthening land rights of people who live on and from the land at local to global levels.