The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) on Tuesday urged African policymakers to exert concerted efforts in augmenting access to land for the continent’s women, youth and other marginalized groups.
The ECA, which is set to organize a high-level policy dialogue on land policy reform and social-economic transformation from Jan. 23 to 24, on Tuesday stressed that “the question of access to land by women, youth and other marginalized groups, will be one of the key discussion points during the dialogue.”
The high-level land policy reform-themed meeting will bring together representatives of ministries of African countries responsible for lands and agriculture, parliamentarians, public and private sector organizations, academia and research, CSOs, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the African Development Bank (AfDB), African Union (AU) Commission, as well as various United Nations agencies such as the UN-ECA, FAO, UNIDO, UNDP, the ECA said in a statement issued on Tuesday.
Noting the crucial need to augment land ownership status among Africa’s marginalized groups, the ECA also stressed that the high-level policy dialogue would highlight key reflective issues on the elements of land policies and regulatory frameworks need to be harmonized to create a uniform operating environment, as well as on making land governance systems including the land administration machinery and institutions more efficient.
“The policy dialogue is expected to come up with recommendations on land reform and the modernization of rural agriculture for socio-economic transformation, inclusive growth, poverty alleviation, food security and employment in Southern Africa being cognizant of the issues of identity, and issue a report of the proceedings as a basis for the foundation for robust and sustainable land reforms,” an ECA statement read.
According to the ECA, the high-level gathering “will provide a platform for stakeholders to share experiences on land reform and development in Southern Africa through discussions on land access, ownership and utilization, land productivity and markets, policy harmonization, large scale investments in land and identity.”
It is also expected to “contribute substantively to the discussion on how the region and its citizens can benefit from the reallocation of land resources through accelerated socio-economic growth and development,” it was noted.
The Policy Dialogue will build on the findings and recommendations of a recent study on Land, Identity and Socio-economic Transformation as well as the recommendations of the Ad-Hoc Experts Group Meeting on the same organized in Livingstone, Zambia in November last year, it was noted. Enditem