UNFAO Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure

The UNFAO Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security promote secure tenure rights and equitable access to land, fisheries and forests as a means of eradicating hunger and poverty, supporting sustainable development and enhancing the environment. They were officially endorsed by the Committee on World Food Security on 11 May 2012. Information about these Guidelines is found here.

Information on the progress made with the G8’s initiative – New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (NAFSN) is found here. This initiative aims to boost investment in African agriculture so as to increase food security by bringing together governments from both the North and the South, multinational firms and international agencies.

The international NGO Oxfam has published a hard hitting report ‘Nothing sweet about it: how sugar fuels land grabs’. In this, Oxfam asserts “Land grabbing is a bitter secret in the sugar supply chains of some of the world’s biggest food and beverage companies. Poor communities across the globe are in dispute or even being kicked off their land, without consultation or compensation, to make way for huge sugar plantations. When they lose their land they often lose their homes and their main source of food and income.”

Oxfam’s Behind the Brands campaign focuses on 10 major food and beverage companies, including Coca-Cola and PepsiCo.

Coca-Cola’s Sustainable Agricultural Guiding Principles document is here.

PepsiCo’s Global Supplier Code of Conduct is here.

The BrandRepublic news report is here.

The Just-Drinks news report is here.

The Guardian news article is here.

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