Food and land rights

Every day, one in eight people in the world goes to bed hungry. Yet the world produces more than enough food for everybody. 

At ActionAid, we are tackling the root causes of hunger and supporting the poorest and most marginalised people to ensure they have rights to land and enough food to eat.

Land, water and forests are the key to providing food, decent livelihoods and a sustainable future for everybody. Yet environmental pressures and increasing competition for these resources means that rural communities the world over are being forced off their land. 

ActionAid stands up for rural women and smallholder farmers by helping them hold governments, international organisations and corporations to account.

Furthermore, ActionAid works with landless women and men, including smallholder farmers, to help them secure control over their land so they can feed themselves, their families and their communities. We also help farmers withstand climate change across the world by promoting new, sustainable farming methods.

For example, in Uganda where women make up 80 per cent of the rural workforce producing food, but only 7 per cent of them own land, we are promoting innovative sustainable agriculture practices and supporting 13,000 women to have more secure access, control over and ownership of land.

Our land rights work focuses on four key areas: 

Sustainable agriculture
ActionAid’s ground-breaking Climate Resilient Sustainable Agriculture (CRSA) framework addresses food security and climate adaptation, and we work with women’s groups, farmers and fisher folk on the ground in over 40 countries to ensure they have better access to the resources and skills they need to earn a living.

Smallholder and women farmers
ActionAid empowers smallholder farmers, particularly women. We are also advocating for increased and improved public financing for agriculture, especially for women smallholder farmers, so as to close the gender gap.

Women’s rights to land
Many millions of people, women in particular, need secure access to land, resources and supportive policies from their governments. Such support, primarily focused on sustainable small-scale farming, can renew ecosystems while significantly reducing poverty and hunger. ActionAid is also campaigning to stop land grabs and securing women’s rights to land.

Food crisis
In spite of global commitments to reduce hunger by half by 2015, 842 million people are still living in hunger. 2014 is the tenth anniversary of the commitment on the Right to Food, and in order to reduce hunger and secure the right to food, ActionAid plays a key role in monitoring and influencing land, food and agricultural policy at national, regional and global level.

Water, forests and minerals
Natural resources play a critical role in the lives of poor people. ActionAid also works with people to secure their rights to all natural resources and to ensure their surroundings are fairly and sustainably managed.

How we work for Food Rights
  • ActionAid’s ground-breaking Climate Resilient Sustainable Agriculture (CRSA) framework addresses food security and climate adaptation.

  • The livelihoods of the poorest and most marginalised communities around the world, including rural and landless women and smallholder farmers, are increasingly threatened. 

  • Across the world, millions of people, particularly women, need secure access to land, resources and supportive policies from their governments. 

  • There is enough food in the world for everyone, yet one in eight people are still living in hunger globally. 2014 marks the tenth anniversary of the commitment on the Right to Food, but in spite of global commitments to reduce hunger by half by 2015, 842 million people still do not have enough food to eat.

  • Land, water, forests and all other land-based natural resources are the key to providing food, livelihoods and a sustainable, dignified future.  

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