The food security of more than 80% of Tanzania’s population and the country’s economic growth depend on family farming on certifi ed village lands. Realizing importance of smallholder’s roles in food security and economic development, the government introduced Village Land Use Planning (VLUP) as a tool towards sustainable family farming in support of green growth – a strategy for sustainably improving productivity within degrading natural resources. This study explored the potential for village certifi cation and VLUP processes to improve opportunities for sustainable family farming and green growth development. The study focused Mbarali District in Mbeya Tanzania, where interest in VLUP has been growing a result of increasing demands on land for agriculture, livestock, conservation and, more recently, large‑scale agriculture investments. The study found that while the VLUP process is an important stepping stone for securing land tenure for smallholder farmers, many barriers currently prevent it from contributing to green growth at a signifi cant scale. Among the pertinent challenges are inadequate support (fi nancial and technical) for implementation, lack of undertstanding of village certifi cation and VLUP processes and its participatory nature by key actors, insensitivity to minority groups’ needs, and contests over boundaries between village governments. Preliminary fi ndings show that, where properly implemented, VLUP would potentially advance family farming leading to the issuing of Certifi cates of Customary Rights of Occupancy (CCRO) to individual farm families, providing legal mechanism for more vulnerable producers, particularly women, to protect their land and resources, guaranteeing long term access to common pool resources within the village, and reducing social confl icts.
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The International Land Coalition (ILC) is a coalition of civil society and intergovernmental organizations promoting secure and equitable access to and control over land for poor women and men thro
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ILRI's strategy 2013-2022 was approved in December 2012. It emerged from a wide processof consultation and engagement.
ILRI envisions... a world where all people have access to enough food and livelihood options to fulfil their potential.
ILRI’s mission is... to improve food and nutritional security and to reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock—ensuring better lives through livestock.
ILRI’s three strategic objectives are: