Every two-three years, ILC organises the Global Land Forum (GLF). This unique event brings together ILC members and other stakeholders from grassroots organisations, activists, local and international NGOs, and researchers, to multilateral organisations and government agencies from around the world to advance understanding of the complex and dynamic political, economic, environmental and social linkages between land governance, food security, poverty and democracy.
By convening all members and key partners of the network, the Forum creates opportunities for participants to learn from, and contribute to, land governance successes and challenges.
It is action-oriented. The programme is structured to provide opportunities to participants who may not commonly interact to debate, exchange, learn from each other’s experiences and successes, strategise, and build linkages so that new perspectives can emerge.
The Forum is also an opportunity for ILC’s 206 members to adopt a declaration with common commitments to action during their Assembly of Members.
Themes and Issues
The Global Land Forum 2018 invites participants from more than 60 countries to feel the spirit of the conference. Through the GLF, ILC wants to put forth the principles of people-centered land governance into the current global situation and contexts.
Land grabbing, for massive economic concessions, in Asia, Latin America and Africa has driven out communities from their land. The number of criminalization against citizens on behalf of infrastructure development through forestry investment have been widely increasing. Meanwhile, the threat of climate change has obviously affecting water crisis and igniting natural disasters.
Various efforts and initiatives at the national and global levels continue to address that problem. At the national level, several initiatives have been done through territorial mapping, in encouraging the recognition of the rights of the customary area and customary forest, protecting land rights defenders who are criminalized through legal aid, and many more. At the global level, diverse initiatives such as business and human rights, VGGT, and multi-stakeholder approach model are being implemented against land grab actions.
This forum will discuss agrarian reform as one of the many land development issues. Some analyses speculate that this agenda is used to address the land crises issue, faced by large-scale plantations. The efforts to promote agrarian reform through land registration systems and spatial land use planning (forests and non-forests – plantations and coastal area) remain as the major issue. The land acquisition for agrarian reform vs land procurement for the economic purposes, development of plantation and industrial also the connection between rural and urban in fair relation, prosperous and sustainable are also considered as the important topic to be discussed in the forum.
The Global Hunger Index (2016) and FAO (2017) data estimate the number of hunger and malnutrition increased from 777 million in 2015 to 815 million in 2016. This problem is not solely due to lack of food but it is related to agrarian access to land and the concentration of land ownership for the corporation. Best practices on small farming and pastoral farming, peasant regeneration and agricultural innovations at the grassroots level become something that should be presenting in GLF 2018.
All of the above issues are summarized under the following four major themes for the GLF 2018:
1) effective action against land grabbing;
2) revisiting genuine agrarian reform answering global development challenges;
3) ensuring food sovereignty; and
4) women’s and invisible groups struggle on land related-issues.
Make sure you or your organization participate in the Global Land Forum in September 2018. See you in Bandung.