The Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will host a Land Bank Project National Stakeholders´ Legal Consultation workshop on Thursday 26th July 2018 at the Labour Department Conference Room beginning at 9am.
The FAO funded two years project, supports the launch of a pilot land bank with the aim of extracting lessons learnt for further development to a National land bank.
A land bank is a tool to promote food and nutrition security and support sustainable management of rural lands, and in particular idle and underutilized lands, in this case (Agricultural lands)
The project will set guidelines, while it supports the design of the institutional and legal structures to allow land banking. It would also create the necessary tools to monitor and manage the database with respect to idle agricultural lands, while it strengthens the capacity of staff of the Ministries of Agriculture and the Ministry of Housing to manage and operate the Banks.
These actions will converge to support Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure on Land, Fisheries and Forest, in accordance with the International agreement on governance of tenure, under the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in 2012.
It is envisaged that this Land Bank would not only enhance food production which would in turn enhance our National food security and youth involvement in agriculture, but allow for a reduction on the food import bill. The aim is to facilitate the value addition chain by creating linkages between farmers, aggregators and marketers.
The National legal consultation will allow stakeholders´ which include representatives of Farmers´ organizations; Civil society; Private land owners; Ministry of Legal Affairs, Housing, Agriculture, Education, Mobilization, to express their views as contributions to the building of the institutional and legal framework of the land bank.
The FAO funded project is the first to allow three islands namely: St Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and St. Lucia to move together towards the same aim of land banking in its creation of developing regional synergies and linkages in its quest toward the use of idle Agricultural Lands.