Securing access to land

We support reliable and fair land use and ownership rights

For the rural population in developing countries to be able to survive, it is vital that they have access to land for the cultivation of crops and the grazing of cattle. Unfortunately, interest in land has soared in recent years. Thus, investors are buying up or leasing huge tracts of land in order to grow food crops for export or for use as renewable sources of bioenergy or biofuels.

The interests of these investors are often at odds with those of local farmers and shepherds who were formerly using the land. This is because, often, the latters' land rights were never officially recognised and therefore not adequately protected.

We support our developing partner countries in their efforts to deal fairly with land ownership and land use rights, and to take into account in particular the rights of disadvantaged groups such as smallholders, shepherds and women.

Training Africans to become experts in land policy

Our partner countries in Africa need specialised staff in order to be able to implement a sustainable and equitable land policy on a comprehensive scale. In order to devise suitable basic and advanced training in this specialist field, the experts implementing such measures as part of Germany's special initiative work closely with the African Union, African and overseas universities, and the World Bank. For example, we are helping to set up a centre of excellence in Africa for training in land management and land policy.