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E-discussion on Youth and Land Policy in Africa

Please log-in to be able to leave a comment below, or register on!e-discussion on YOUTH	 and LAND POLICY IN AFRICACognizant of the centrality of land policy issues in Africa, the Land Policy Initiative (LPI) was established in 2006 as a joint initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC), the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), and the African Development Bank (AfDB).

To date the highlight achievement of the LPI has been the development of a Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa (F&G), adopted by the African Ministers responsible for land in April 2009, and further endorsed by African Heads of State and Government through a Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges in Africa during the 13th Assembly of the African Union in July 2009. During this Session, the Heads of States and Government of the AU resolve to 'ensure that land laws provide for equitable access to land and related resources among all land users including the youth and other landless and vulnerable groups such as displaced persons.'

Consequently, LPI proposes to contribute to the implementation of the Declaration on Land and to the need for a continental land policy platform holding the Biennial Conference on Land Policy in Africa. The 2014 Biennial Conference on Land Policy in Africa is intended to have a catalytic effect in creating a platform for presenting research activities and focusing the attention of Governments, parliamentarians, farmers, researchers, CSO, private sector, land practitioners (surveyors, mapping companies, administrators) and donors on the issues and status of land policy development and implementation in Africa. The Conference is scheduled for 11 - 14 November 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Based on this background, YPARD-Africa and PLAAS would like to invite you to a week-long e-discussion on youth and land policy in Africa. The discussion will border on some key issues related to youth (the future leaders) and land (a crucial factor of production) in transforming Africa agriculture (a key sector for realizing Africa's Transformation Agenda 2063).

Is inequitable access to land real among youth? Is it having impact around you? In your life? Unemployment is one of the highest among African youth, how can this challenge be overcome by providing access to land and implementing the F&G? Have you heard about LPI? Can you, as a young actor, make a difference in implementing LPI today? What decisions and actions must be taken for future generations?

Let’s debate these topics. The e-discussion is running for a week: 4th - 8th November, 2014.

  • (4th – 6th November) will focus on: Youth (in Africa) – Land Availability and Access to land.
  • (6th – 7th November) will discuss land investment; Youth in Africa and the implementation of LPI and other governance frameworks at country levels.
  • (8th November) will be a wrap up 

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Picture credit: African bush, by Sias van Schalkwyk.