In February, we published a Pan-European survey on land policy on this website. The questionnaire was answered by 611 European citizens, showing strong support for a human rights based and people centred approach to land policy.
See the results (pdf)
Why did the Hands on the Land alliance organise this survey among the European public? According to the United Nations the lack of sufficient and secure access to land and natural resources by the rural poor is one of the main causes of hunger and poverty in the world. The European Union is the biggest single donor in development cooperation. Over the last years, the EU funded 54 development projects related to land issues (tenure, policies, governance), amounting to a total of 364 million euros.
While all agree that land policy is a key for fighting hunger, the crucial and controversial question is: who and what should be supported and funded?