Global guidelines help governments safeguard peoples' ownership rightsListen /
Secure access to natural resources like land, water supplies, fisheries and forests, is seen as a key condition to improving food security for the world's poorest, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.
For example, 70 per cent of female agricultural workers in developing countries, often have no or very limited access to resources, the agency notes. These women are often vulnerable to having their land seized, even when there are laws that protect them- and they are not alone.
FAO's first ever international guidelines on governance of tenure to land and other natural resources such as water supplies, fisheries and forests has been hailed as a "historic breakthrough".
Paul Munro-Faure, FAO's Deputy Director, Climate, Energy and Tenure Division spoke to UN Radio's Jocelyne Sambira about how empowering these guidelines can be for ordinary people.