Land insurance policies and governance took heart stage as an knowledgeable on land points in Africa, Professor Kimani Njogu, highlighted its significance.
Njogu, spoke to the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday on the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, on the sidelines of the Media Grasp Class.
The Grasp Class is a precursor to the 2023 Convention on Land Coverage in Africa (CLPA), which begins on Tuesday and concludes on Friday.
Different audio system on the session included Dr Joan Kagwanja, who additionally spoke on land points in Africa, in addition to Ms Eileen Wakesho and Mr Tsotetsi Makong.
The convention, organized by the African Land Coverage Heart (ALPC), has the theme: “Selling sustainable land governance in Africa for accelerated implementation of the African Continental Free Commerce Space”.
Professor Kimani Njogu
Njogu, a land marketing consultant, stated that when addressing land governance points, “we’re confronted with the query of who makes selections about who accesses land.
“Who owns the land and the processes that shall be undertaken to make these selections.
“At this time, all through Africa, we’re confronted with an enormous drawback of entry to land.
“So, for instance, we now have tensions between herders and farmers, tensions between urbanization, agriculture and agriculture, tensions between indigenous communities and new communities accessing land, and many others.
Njogu defined that the scenario demanded selections and these selections have been often political selections with financial and social implications.
“So it’s on this context that we’re saying that in Africa we have to pay explicit consideration to land coverage in addition to land governance as a result of these are additionally problems with energy.
“Who controls the ability by way of decision-making.
“For instance, do younger folks in Africa have entry to land? Can they personal land and beneath what circumstances can they personal land?
“If they’re girls, do they personal land and the way can they entry it? How can we industrialize with out displacing indigenous communities?
“How can we speed up tourism and extract our pure sources with out harming folks’s lives?
“So it’s actually about decision-making and that’s an necessary factor that we have to take note of,” he stated.
NAN additionally reviews that the convention goals to discover the intersection between land governance insurance policies and commerce in Africa within the context of the African Continental Free Commerce Space (AfCFTA).
The Grasp Class supplied helpful insights on land governance to speed up the implementation of the AfCFTA, in addition to different key matters akin to girls’s land rights, inclusive commerce and meals safety.
On the identical time, the convention has established itself because the continent’s premier land discussion board, facilitating the change of analysis actions, experiences and learnings on rising land points.
The 2023 convention additionally aimed to strengthen land coverage and implementation capability in Africa by selling higher entry to data, networks and innovation.
Edited by Adeleye Ajayi