Source: FAO , ESA Working Paper No. 14-02, April 2014
The agricultural economics literature provides various estimates of the number of farms and small farms in the world. This paper is an effort to provide a more complete and up to date as well as carefully documented estimate of the total number of farms in the world, as well as by region and level of income. It uses data from numerous rounds of the World Census of Agriculture, the only dataset available which allows the user to gain a complete picture of the total number of farms globally and at the country level. The paper provides estimates of the number of family farms, the number of farms by size as well as the distibution of farmland by farm size. These estimates find that: there are at least 570 million farms worldwide, of which more than 500 million can be considered family farms. Most of the world’s farms are very small, with more than 475 million farms being less than 2 hectares in size. Although the vast majority of the world’s farms are smaller than 2 hectares, they operate only a small share of the world’s farmland. Farmland distribution would seem quite unequal at the global level, but it is less so in low- and lower-middle-income countries as well as in some regional groups. These estimates have serious limitations and the collection of more up-to-date agricultural census data, including data on farmland distribution is essential to our having a more representative picture of the number of farms, the number of family farms and farm size as well as farmland distribution worldwide.”
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Source: Fairfood International
The Land of Promise campaign has launched its’ documentary ‘The Land of Promise?’, in which we highlight the issues in the Philippine pineapple industry through the stories of locals.
In ‘The Land of Promise?’, Fairfood visits inhabitants from the island, accompanied by a local social worker. These locals have been moved off their land and fired from their jobs on the pineapple plantations. They have lived in poverty ever since.”
Watch the documentary below:
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Source: Global Soil Week
Deadline: 28 September 2014
2015 is an important year for the future of sustainable development!
Several initiatives and political processes related to soils and land will converge in 2015. The negotiations for the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be in full swing. The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils. And the United Nations Climate Change Conference will work towards achieving a global agreement on climate. All of these events are a special opportunity to raise awareness about the important role of soils and land for sustainable development. The 3rd Global Soil Week 2015 invites all stakeholders to join forces to encourage sustainable soil management and responsible land governance at global, regional and local level.
Follow this link to submit your contributions form and help to put soils and land on the new sustainable development agenda!
We invite you to share your story, your experience, research and your feelings about sustainable soil management and responsible land governance. Please find attached to this e-mail the full Call for Contributions as well as the contribution form as pdf and word Document. Please visit our website (http://globalsoilweek.org/gsw2015_call/) to register and submit your contributions form.
The call for proposals is open until 28 September 2014. General registration will be announced later on our website: globalsoilweek.org
What is the Global Soil Week?
After the success of the first Global Soil Week in 2012, the second Global Soil Week in 2013 again attracted over 450 participants from 71 countries. The Global Soil Week serves as a multi-stakeholder platform to promote sustainable development in the areas of sustainable soil management and responsible land governance. Policy-makers, scientists from different disciplines, stakeholders from civil society organisations, students, farmers, artists, as well as stakeholders from international organizations and industry came together and created a unique atmosphere for finding strategies to ensure the sustainable management of our soils and land.
The Global Soil Week now invites you to come together once again and help to put soils and land on the global sustainable development agenda. We encourage contributions from non-Academic backgrounds.
Please circulate the call for contributions!
We look forward to receiving your proposals and collaborating with you at the Global Soil Week 2015!
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Human Rights Defender (HRD) is the term used to describe someone who, individually or with others, acts to promote and protect human rights. Although the work of Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) emanates directly from international human rights instruments, the first step to formally recognise the “defence” of human rights as a right in itself was given by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1998, through the adoption of the Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (known as the ‘Declaration on Human Rights Defenders’). This Declaration contains several norms enshrined in legally binding treaties, including the International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR, 1966) and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR, 1976).
HRDs are a highly heterogeneous group. According to Hina Jilani, former Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, HRDs working on land rights and natural resources are “the second most vulnerable group when it comes to danger of being killed because of their activities in the defence of human rights” (A/HRC/4/37). The relevance of this group is confirmed by the current Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, who in 2011 devoted a report to them on the basis of 106 cases of alleged violations acted upon by her mandate between 2006 and 2011 (A/HRC/19/55).
The role played by HRDs in land governance is affirmed in the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security, which affirm that ““[…] States should respect and protect the civil and political rights of defenders of human rights, including the human rights of peasants, indigenous peoples, fishers, pastoralists and rural workers, and should observe their human rights obligations when dealing with individuals and associations acting in defence of land, fisheries and forests (VGGT, 4.8).”
The International Land Coalition (ILC) frequently receives requests of solidarity from members in Asia, Africa and Latin America for or on behalf of HRDs working on land rights, especially activists. This infonote is meant to support their invaluable work with information on international protection mechanisms and organisations addressing human rights violations related to land.
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Around the world, citizens’ groups are taking action to change the way investments in natural resources are happening, to protect the rights of citizens and the environment for a fairer and more sustainable world. The Legal Tools for Citizen Empowerment initiative tests approaches, documents lessons and shares tools and tactics amongst practitioners.
The webinar will take place on 22 July 2014 at 10am-11.30am GMT+1 (UK). Each speaker will present for ten minutes. Presentations will be followed by discussion for one hour. Should you or your colleagues be interested in participating in this webinar, please contact us at email@example.com. In a carbon constrained and time pressured world, legal empowerment practitioners from civil society and legal and academic institutions need new ways to communicate, interact and learn from each other without travelling the world to meetings. Most of all, we need to share success stories.
IIED is facilitating exchange and lesson sharing via a series of webinars on different legal tools for influencing natural resource investments. Webinars are online workshops that people can attend from their desk or portable internet device. In this third webinar, we focus on the sustainability and scalability of legal empowerment initiatives.
Globally, CSOs are strengthening capacity amongst communities affected by natural resource investments to defend their rights to land and resources and take legal action where relevant. Approaches include legal caravans, local paralegal teams and field-based junior lawyers. While many such initiatives have a short-term impact, sustaining impacts and local-level support over time can be a challenge. Taking programmes to scale to support the widest number of people can face funding and institutional challenges. So, what are the solutions to sustaining legal empowerment?
Our two speakers will address this question by sharing their experiences of legal empowerment work.
Carl Cesar “Cocoi” C. Rebuta is Consultant at the Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center/Kasama sa Kalikasan/Friends of the Earth-Philippines. Cocoi will discuss the “barefoot lawyers” programme in the Philippines, through which community paralegal teams assisted local communities in asserting their land rights as they were affected by a mining project.
Alda Isabel Anibal Salomão is an environmental lawyer and the General Director from Centro Terra Viva-Estudos e Advocacia Ambiental (CTV) in Mozambique. Alda will talk about how
CTV took over a paralegal programme initiated by the Maputo-based Centre for Legal and Judicial Training. CTV are working to improve the sustainability of the programme through addressing technical capacity gaps on the ground and strengthening it community orientation”
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