Mali scales up the power of village land commission to secure customary land tenure and resolve conflicts

The National Coordinating Body of Peasant Organizations in Mali (CNOP) is building on the achievements and lessons of the Tenure Facility pilot project to upscale the role of local land commissions in recognizing tenure rights and resolving conflict over land and resources. Like the Tenure Facility pilot, the initiative will contribute to achieving the 2015 Accord for Peace and Reconciliation by addressing land conflict, a root cause of the armed conflict. It will also support the implementation Mali’s Agricultural Land Law (LFA), which was enacted in 2017. The LFA recognizes the customary land rights of communities and family farmers, which can be secured through local land commissions.

Working with HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, CNOP will consolidate the capacity and effectiveness of the 17 local land commissions established in the pilot, establish and support the operations of 100 more land commissions in three regions, and encourage the inclusion and participation of women and vulnerable groups in land governance. The initiative aims to encourage sustainable management of natural resources by promoting the agro-ecological farming. This innovative approach promotes environmental protection, climate change mitigation, social inclusion, and peaceful collaboration and co-existence.

With a Tenure Facility investment of 1.5 million US dollars, the initiative aims to secure 15,000 hectares of village and family land in three regions.

To learn more about the context for this project, visit the Mali timeline.