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FAO-ILC Project Facilitates Access to Land Governance Resources

Information on land governance is a critical factor for enabling developing and emerging economies to establish effective land tenure systems and ultimately ensure secure and equitable access to and control over land. To this end, the International Land Coalition, together with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), have integrated information on land from FAO databases accessible through the Land Portal, the global reference point for land related information on the internet.

FAOLEX, the FAO’s database of treaties, laws and regulations governing food, agriculture and renewable natural resources from all over the world, and the FAO Corporate Document Repository, a rich online library of FAO materials and publications, have been  integrated into the Land Portal country and topic pages.

For the first time, this comprehensive information on land governance will  be easily accessible. This system bypasses the need to perform complex database queries and offers an immediate overview of laws and publications from these extensive databases by country.

Madiodio Niasse, ILC Director, said “Making the laws, regulations and FAO publications on land accessible is a major support to efforts to improve land governance, a key asset at the disposal of  land experts and communities in countries where the availability of high-quality land-related information is limited. The ILC is grateful to the FAO for this important contribution.”

As a partner of the Land Portal and as a member of the International Land Coalition, the FAO made integration of its data possible through full disclosure of its databases and sharing access to information in a structured format.

Alexander Mueller, FAO Assistant Director-General for Natural Resources, said “The FAO is committed to working with the International Land Coalition and the other partners of the Land Portal project to help achieve tangible improvements in the lives of people through improved land governance. Making this information available is an important step in facilitating the operationalization of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure.”

This is a hallmark achievement of data integration on the Land Portal. Many other databases with land information are set to be integrated into the Land Portal, including the World Bank databases on land related publications, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) database and datasets from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

To see an example of how the data has been integrated, visit: http://landportal.info/area/africa/east-africa/kenya

About the Land Portal
The Land Portal is the global gateway for land related information, aggregating information on land from multiple sources and building a specialized community of land experts from civil society organisations, governmental and intergovernmental institutions and  academia. The Portal is the result of a partnership among the International land Coalition, FAO, Actionaid, the Hunger Institute, the IALTA, AGTER, IFAD, IFPRI, and 40 other organizations committed to sharing information on land and collaborating. This partnership is open to other land-related organisations aimed to be actively engaged in the Land Portal development.

About the International Land Coalition
The International Land Coalition is a global alliance of civil society and intergovernmental organisations working together to promote secure and equitable access to and control over land for poor women and men through advocacy, dialogue, knowledge sharing and capacity building. www.landcoalition.org

June 29, 2012 | Namati