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Pursuing the discussion on land tenure security (in all its dimensions) in large-scale irrigation in the Sahel with a view to improving policies and practices

7 September to 8 September
2018Bamako, Mali
Pursuing the discussion on land tenure security (in all its dimensions) in large-scale irrigation in the Sahel with a view to improving policies and practices

Workshop objectives

Land tenure security", and more broadly the security of small family farms, is an issue that has been increasingly debated in the region, and in the Sahel in particular since the Dakar Declaration. This debate provides a good framework for dialogue, making it possible to address four interconnected dimensions in particular: political, economic, legal and governance. Recent consultations on the subject (S2IP 2015, ROPPA 2016, COSTEA Saint Louis 2017, CTFD/COSTEA/Pôle foncier Paris 2017) have made it possible to address certain key points for reflexion and to initiate technical and political dialogues based on the following basic elements:

  • The word "security" refers to protection, and translates the notions of security, self-confidence, tranquility and stability over time.
  • How then can this security (both land and production security) be offered to farmers who farm irrigated land that is considered "legally owned" by the State?

In order to pursue this dynamic of participatory reflexion, GWI has joined forces with the Réseau des organisations paysannes et des producteurs agricoles de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (ROPPA) and the Comité permanent inter-États de lutte contre la sécheresse dans le Sahel (CILSS) to propose a new stage in dialogue by means of a regional workshop. About fifty participants made the trip representing farmers, irrigation development and management companies, technical and financial partners, resource persons of various profiles.

The objective of this meeting was to share recent experiences and achievements in "land tenure security", in all its dimensions, in the form of a strategic synthesis to strengthen learning and implementation by actors in the region of results at the political and practical levels, in the Sahel and more widely in West Africa.

Workshop results

The workshop report [in French only] is available at the top of the page in the "Key Documents" section.

The workshop presentations [all in French only] are available below, or directly on the GWI West Africa Slideshare page

Political dimension

Economic dimension

Legal dimension

Governance dimension