UN-backed land use rules ready for final OK

milan / reuters / After three years of debate, the United Nations is issuing guidelines on responsible land use as part of an effort to regulate so-called land grabbing and boost food security.

The guidelines include promoting equal rights for women in securing title to land, creating transparent record-keeping systems accessible to the rural poor, and protecting traditional land rights, said UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. Their development was driven by concerns that countries such as China and Gulf Arab states are buying swathes of land in Africa and Asia to secure their own food supplies, potentially at the expense of local people.

The guidelines set principles for national authorities to refer to when passing laws and setting policy related to access and ownership rights for land, fisheries and forest resources.

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