Conference on Land Policy in Africa opens with calls for pro-poor land policies, equal access, and ownership
The 2021 Conference on Land Policy in Africa opened with a resounding call for African countries to develop pro-poor land policies and inclusive land tenure rights, particularly for women and youth. Anything related to land needs strong political will, people buy-in, and close collaboration. Climate change has raised the risk of deforestation and land degradation. In recent years, a surge in the purchase of African land by foreign companies and governments to grow food and other crops for export has also set alarm bells ringing on and off the continent.