Working towards these commitments
Secure Tenure Rights
Strong Small-Scale Farming Systems
Equal land rights for women
Transparent and accessible information
Effective actions against land grabbing
In 2014, a land governance platform was established in order to bring together all land governance stakeholders in Senegal, including the government, civil society, research institutions, and more. The platform was set up to support the implementation process of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT), with technical and financial assistance from IFAD, FAO, and Italian Cooperation. In late 2017, the pre-existing platform was transformed into NES Senegal with more than 100 members and a strong Steering Committee led by the Senegalese Agricultural Ministry.
WHAT IS THE OBJECTIVE?
The strategic objective of NES Senegal is to contribute to the improvement of policies and practices relating to the governance of natural resources and land, with particular emphasis on vulnerable people such as women and youth.
WHAT ACTIONS DO WE TAKE?
In order to advance land reform in Senegal, the NES will:
- Promote evidence-based land governance through monitoring data on platforms such as LANDex;
- Strengthen the capacities of stakeholders on land governance and sustainable management of natural resources through training, workshops, and development of knowledge products and tools;
- Raise awareness and influence parliamentarians and decision-makers on the importance of land governance and natural resource management;
- Contribute to the land reform process
In 2019, the advocacy work and political demonstrations of NES Senegal and other civil society organizations led to the release of 20,000 hectares of arable land and wetlands that had originally been allocated to a private investor by the Senegalese government. This protected the pastoralists, farmers, and other local people who were already living on and working this land from being displaced and losing their livelihoods.
NES Senegal is also actively involved in the design of a land observatory to increase transparency in land deals in the country. Increased transparency allows for more informed decision-making processes for land-use activities. Due to the knowledge and capabilities of NES Senegal’s members, the platform is even in consideration to be a host of the observatory.