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Now open for registration: Workshop Land Governance & Food Security in Uganda

Now open for registration: LANDac Workshop Land Governance and Food Security in Uganda


When:       26-30 October 2015 (5 days, 4 nights)

Where:      Source of the Nile Hotel, Jinja , Uganda


Access to land is vital for inclusive economic growth, sustainable development and food security. Globalization increases national and international pressures on land for food production; but also tourism, urbanization, nature conservation, mining, climate change, etc. spur the demand for land. Diverging interests and competing claims need to be managed – to prevent conflict, to protect local rights and livelihoods, to stimulate inclusive economic development and ensure food security, from the global to the household level. Land governance is essential in managing these processes of inclusion and exclusion.



This workshop introduces participants to state-of-the-art knowledge and current debates on the linkages between land governance and food security in Uganda. Participants will share own experiences and learn about best practices in land governance, policies and regulations, and how to optimize the food security outcomes of activities. Topics are discussed in interactive mini-courses, presentations by local experts, solution-oriented workshops and field visits. Topics include: international and national land and food policies; the role of local governments, farmer organizations, civil society and private sector in land governance and food security; access to land for food production; gender and land; and conflict transformation.


This workshop is part of a Netherlands Land Academy (LANDac) & Food and Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) learning trajectory that also includes pre-workshop assignments and (post-workshop) networking and continued coaching and reflection.


Target group

Policy makers, civil society, private sector, researchers, journalists, other interested stakeholders


More information

Gerard Baltissen (

Gemma Betsema (


Please feel free to contact us for a day-to-day programme and further details!


Deadline for registration: 3 October 2015

Workshop costs: UGX 1,600,000 (including full board accommodation (four nights) and field work; transport costs to and from the venue not included)



Together with the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP:, one of the five knowledge platforms of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, LANDac has developed a knowledge agenda on land governance and food security. Two activities have been taken up in the context of this agenda: a scoping study on the linkages between land governance and food security, and the current capacity building trajectory.


Capacity building trajectory Land Governance & Food Security

LANDac has developed a capacity building trajectory on land governance and food security. The main component of this activity are three country-specific workshops for policy makers, development practitioners and private sector stakeholders in Ethiopia, Ghana and Uganda. The aim of these five-day capacity building trajectories is to provide participants and their organizations with the knowledge to deal with issues of land governance and food security in their countries. Four issues central to this objective include an increased understanding of the complex linkages between land governance and food security; offering practical tools for improvement; linking up experts in countries; and scaling up of individual capacities to organizational and societal level. A related output of the capacity building trajectory is the updating and expansion of the existing LANDac country factsheets on land governance and food security (2012). 


Since our start in 2010, LANDac has been organizing annual two-week short courses on ‘Land Governance for Development’ within the context of the Utrecht University Summer School programme (see: Utrecht Summer School LANDac). The courses take place each summer in Utrecht (early July). 2015 Marked the sixth edition of this course, with 30 students, practitioners and policy makers from around the world. The course introduces participants to the multidisciplinary analysis of the ‘land rush’ within the context of land governance. Building on our experiences with the summer school, together with the outcomes and findings of other LANDac activities, we have now, together with the Food & Business Knowledge Programme, engaged in the setting up of a capacity building trajectory on Land Governance and Food Security. The workshops will introduce participants from all sectors (academia, civil society, government, media, private sector etc.) to the complex and multi-level linkages that exist between land governance and food security. Participants will be presented with the available knowledge and experiences that exists within their country (presented by country experts) as well as available knowledge at a global level, on issues of land governance and food security. Special attention will be given to the practical application of this information to individual and organizational contexts in which the participants operate in their daily work.