G8 enters into partnership with Ethiopia to ensure land rights of local people

10 Dec

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

Four nations – Ethiopia, United States, United Kingdom and Germany – yesterday announced entering into partnership agreement to improve land governance in Ethiopia. It is believed that the agreement would contribute toward economic growth, ensuring the land rights of Ethiopian citizens, according to USAID press office statement released in Berlin, London and Washington Monday.

The press release noted that the partnership would build on existing programmes to become an important vehicle for increased coordination and collaboration among the Government of Ethiopia and its development partners.

The announcement came after the representatives of the heads of state from G8 member states gathered in London to mark the handing over of the G8 Presidency from the United Kingdom to Russia.

The partnership with Ethiopia will support improved rural land tenure security for all, including through appropriate land use management in communal and pastoral areas.

It will strengthen transparency in land governance, including by promoting responsible agricultural investment through an improved legal framework and practices.

UK’s DFID Minister Lynne Featherstone said securing rights to land will help people across Ethiopia to grow the food they need, boost incomes, defuse conflicts and deal with the impact of climate change.

Ethiopia’s Minister of Agriculture Tefera Derbew said on this occasion, “This joint partnership will make sure Ethiopia can make the most of its valuable resources and attract the investment and income needed to boost growth and fight poverty.” The minister pointed out the importance of this undertaking in the context of the support it provides toward implementation of Ethiopia’s Rural Land Administration and Use plan.

German Economic Cooperation and Development Minister Dirk Niebel said:

    “Germany highly welcomes this partnership between our four Governments that will contribute to better land management in Ethiopia, thus promoting transparent, fair and sustainable investments in land. Access to land and land tenure security are crucial for food and income security for the rural population in Ethiopia. This partnership will complement and strengthen the Government of Ethiopia’s efforts in the sustainable land management program to which Germany has been committed for years.”

USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah said: “We welcome this joint partnership in the context of the G8 and congratulate the Government of Ethiopia on redoubling its dedication to achieving improved land governance and land tenure security for all. The Government of Ethiopia has made great progress in recognizing the rights of smallholder farmers with support from USAID, and we look forward to broadening and deepening this collaboration in the country’s pastoral areas.”

Partnerships between G8 member states and developing countries are designed to support governments in aligning their country frameworks with the respective guidelines of land, fisheries, and forests in the context of national food security.

They are also designed to improve rural land governance and the security of land tenure for individuals, communities, and investors.

The press release pointed out that the partnership represents the commitments made under the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition – an effort by African heads of state, corporate leaders and G8 members aiming to increase food security and nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa.

The partnership would also coordinate and harmonize support from existing and potential new development partners in the land sector. Its objectives would be achieved through ongoing and potential additional future programmes in support of improved rural land governance.

Source: G-8 Statement 1 and 2.

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