Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019

Blog about Land Governance in the IGAD Region

Articles about relevant topics and activities of the IGAD Land Governance Project will be regularly published here on the IGAD Land Portal.

The Inseparable Relationship Between Secure Land Rights and Food Security

Djibouti, 22 October 2019 – Global hunger is on the rise again. Despite concerted efforts made, the positive trend of the last decades has reversed in recent years, and the number of people experiencing acute hunger has slowly increased. In 2018, an estimated 113 million people required urgent food assistance. Of these, approximately 27 million people lived in seven of the eight countries in the IGAD Region. The worst affected country in relative terms was South Sudan, with 59 per cent of the population requiring assistance to close food consumption gaps, reduce malnutrition and protect livelihoods. Similarly affected were rural areas in Djibouti, with 55 per cent of rural households affected by moderate and severe food insecurity.

Food insecurity is commonly linked to the concept of hunger. Read more

Author: Simone Zurschmitten

Equal Rights to Land are Key to Positive Development Outcomes in the IGAD Region

Djibouti, 7 October 2019 – Recent publications – the Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018 by the UN and the Progress of the World’s Women 2019 – 2020 by UN Women – highlight the progress made for women and girls in different areas of life. Globally, women’s representation in national parliaments has seen an increase from 19 to 23 per cent between 2010 and 2018. Moreover, a higher labour force participation rate, better social protection and increased asset ownership have translated into women gaining greater access to resources. This has resulted in some positive shifts in women’s decision-making power over household income.

Despite moving towards the right direction, gender equality still has a long way to go. Read more


Author: Simone Zurschmitten