FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva hailed today’s endorsement by the Committee on World Food Security of voluntary guidelines to improve the way countries govern access rights to land, fisheries and forest resources as a “historic milestone not only for the way in which land tenure is managed, but also for international consensus-building”.
Agreement on the guidelines shows that effective, concrete co-operation on sensitive issues central to food security and economic development is possible, offering cause for optimism as we address other challenges on the path to a world free from hunger.
Next up on the global agenda: establishing principles for responsible agricultural investment.
Read Graziano da Silva’s post on the Guardian’s Poverty Matters blog. Participants in the process leading up to today’s announcement discuss the significance of the guidelines and the next steps in the video below: