July 20, 2024

FAO advances sustainable management of transhumance and land security in central Africa region

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FAO advances sustainable management of transhumance and land security in central Africa region

FAO advances sustainable management of transhumance and land security in central Africa region

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) convened a workshop in Douala, the economic capital of Cameroon, aimed at enhancing land governance and reducing conflicts related to cross-border transhumance in Cameroon, the Central African Republic (CAR), and Chad.

The workshop, concluding on Friday, focuses on bolstering the capacities of national and local stakeholders in land governance, in line with the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests in the Context of Food Security and Nutrition.

To implement this initiative, FAO collaborates closely with Chad’s Ministry of Land Management, Housing, and Urban Planning, Cameroon’s Ministry of Lands, Survey, and Land Tenure, and the Central African Republic’s Ministry of Urban Planning, City, and Housing.

This effort seeks to promote inclusive land reforms and share tools and mechanisms to mitigate tensions stemming from transhumance among neighboring countries.

“The program facilitates knowledge-sharing and will support the documentation and dissemination of best practices and lessons learned from countries like Niger, Mali, Mauritania, and Senegal, with a focus on strengthening land rights of local communities, particularly women and youth,” remarked Oumar Ndiaye, representative of the FAO’s Sub-Regional Office for Central Africa.

The FAO’s intervention underscores the importance of sustainable land management and conflict prevention in the region, crucial for fostering stability and resilience in agricultural and pastoral communities.

As the workshop concludes, stakeholders are expected to implement strategies that enhance land governance frameworks and promote peaceful coexistence amidst challenges posed by cross-border transhumance practices.

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