Support for community land and forest tenure security by village Land Commissions in Mali

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 securing land tenure rights and resolving conflict over land and resources.


From: 01/01/2019

To: 31/12/2021

Budget: $1,500,000

Proponents: National Coordinating Body of Peasant Organizations in Mali (CNOP) and HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation

Partners: HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation

Associates: Permanent Secretariat of the High Council on Agriculture
Permanent Secretariat of the Domain and Land Reform
National Directorate of Water and Forests (DNEF)
Agriculture Land Security Advocacy Network (RP-SéFA)
Consultations Platform (Cadre de Concertation)
Cultural Association Act Sept
Malian Group Against Land Grabbing

Beneficiaries: Grassroots communities and their organizations, including family farmers and other vulnerable groups such as youth, women, migrants, and herders
National ministries and technical services responsible for agriculture, land issues, decentralization, and the environment
High Council of Communities

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.

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