First Africa Land Forum
7-8 November 2012 (Yaoundé, Cameroon)

Convened under the theme “Securing the land rights of indigenous people and rural communities,” the first Africa Land Forum was organized by the Mbororo Social and Cultural Development Association of Cameroon and the International Land Coalition Africa. At the end of the forum, participants unanimously approved the Yaoundé Declaration, which identifies emerging issues and challenges on land issues and details eight recommendations focused on African governments, in particular the government of Cameroon, addressing: sustainable and equitable land governance; legal recognition and protection of land rights of all land users; wide participation in decision-making over land; end of discrimination of women and minorities; use of widely adopted guidelines for food land governance; priority to food security and rural development; benefits and compensation for affected communities; and establishment of fair and accessible land conflict resolution mechanisms. The Yaoundé Declaration highlights both the Africa Land Policy Framework and the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security, and calls on governments to reform of national land processes to adhere to them. Read the press release on the conclusion of the Forum … Read the Yaoundé Declaration …

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