Thursday, November 07, 2013
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Family Farming and People-Centered Land Governance (ILC)
The International Land Coalition (ILC) will award a small number of grants for research activities (USD 8000) that focus on the intersection between land rights and family farming and contribute to a deeper understanding of how land governance can better respond to the needs and tap the potential of family farmers and small-scale food producers.
Research projects are expected to:
- Identify those land governance norms, mechanisms, institutions and practices that better respond to the needs of family farming and tap the potential of small-scale food production systems;
- Contribute to a better definition of family farming in specific contexts – actors, practices, needs, challenges, opportunities – for both women and men, and with an effort to capture different positions, interests, and land-related inequalities within families;
To do this, research proposals can focus on a specific country or region, and should discuss challenges, successful experiences and practical policy recommendations on one or more of the following areas:
- Production. What are the land-related and organisational challenges faced by family farmers and small-scale food producers? What are the policies needed to increase their autonomy and up-scale their contribution as investors and producers? What are the policies needed to ensure integrated rural-urban food systems? What are the factors required to ensure that land tenure security is effectively translated into more and better food for all? In what ways, do effective small-scale food systems reinforce land users’ tenure security?
- Diversity and sustainability. What are the impacts and costs of land concentration, land fragmentation and tenure insecurity over land use, environmental sustainability and cultural, biological and food diversity? What are the challenges and the potential of agro-ecological systems? What are the land-related policies needed to promote sustainable food production and who/what actors/which institutions should be involved?
- Women. What are the land-related challenges faced by women in family farming? What are the practical solutions to ensure that women’s equal participation in land governance translate into women’s equal participation and autonomy in small-scale food systems? What are the organisational opportunities for women’s small-scale food producers outside family farming?
- Indigenous and mobile livelihood systems. What role do indigenous peoples, pastoralists, hunter-gatherers and artisanal fishers play in food production? What are the challenges they experience in making their tenure arrangements productive? What policies and institutional and governance mechanisms are needed to optimise the benefits of these livelihood systems for wider food systems?
- Youth. In what ways do processes of land concentration or land fragmentation transform local livelihoods and affect youth’s opportunities in rural areas? How should inheritance laws be devised to ensure farming viability across generations? What are the land-related policies needed to ensure next generations’ future in rural territories?
Deadline: November 22, 2013