To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Tenure Guidelines on sustainable governance adopted by the Committee on World Food Security, FIAN International and the Working Group on Land and Territories of the IPC – a coalition of social movements working on food sovereignty and the Right to Food – will release a series of country-specific case studies substantiating issues highlighted on their anniversary statement, “We Belong to the Land”.
The imperative of this international initiative is to exhort the UN and national governments to implement the provisions of the tenure guidelines and uphold the land tenure rights of Indigenous Peoples, peasants, and small-scale food producers, particularly in today's context of extensive resource and land grabbing that takes place within capitalism.
As a part of this (upcoming) omnibus, IT for Change, in collaboration with FIAN International, has embarked on authoring a case study to explore emerging land and agricultural digitalization trends in India, and their impact on the tenure rights of marginal farmers, small-scale producers, and forest communities. Through a series of key informant interviews with farmer-activists, civil society members, and academics, the case study – a country-wide broad brush analysis – aims to elaborate on governance and policy interventions necessary to not only secure rights of tenure and livelihoods of India's marginalized communities, but to also amplify the need to hold sustainability of farming, fishing, and forestry ecosystems as central to the argument of land ownership.
The abridged version of this case study will soon be published by FIAN International.