July 22, 2021
By Ibrahim Kabba Turay
Green Scenery, together with the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), on Wednesday, 21st July, 2021, launched a report on the right of women in accessing land in Sierra Leone.
The report was titled, “How Effective is the Promotion of Woman’s customary land Rights in improving Women’s Land Tenure Security in Sierra Leone.”
According to a press statement issued on Wednesday, 21st July, the Green Scenery and FAO in 2020, carried out a research on the impact of the 2017 to 2020 FAO interventions to the “promotion of women’s customary land right in Sierra Leone.”
The research project was to implement the Voluntary Guidelines to Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forest in Sierra Leone.
The report captures the National Land Policy 2015 and the model customary land rights and land commission bill 2020.
The legislations, which were recognized by national and international organizations, as some of the best in the region, would positively transform the land governance system in Sierra Leone.
The release also noted that the nation-wide cadastre and the creation of land committees at national, district, chiefdom and village levels would bring transparency and fairness into the chaotic land government system inherited from the colonial times.
The release noted that land-owning families demarcated the boundaries of their territory ,recording the result maps in the villages of Rosint and Matatie in Port-Loko district.
The research also captures disputes between communities and individual land owners, especially women who would not argue about the land plots for farming.
The outcome of the research showed the necessity to complete the land reform initiated six years, the land bill drafted after various consultations with land-owners all over the country and through inclusive participation of civil society.
The release also noted that the legislation is ready to be tabled in parliament, but that the ministry of lands has stalled the process without explanation.
“Green Scenery, therefore, is calling on the Minister of Land and other decision-makers to take the process to its logical conclusion and to discuss the introduction of the bills into parliament as soon as possible,” the release noted.
In her address, Madam Nyabenyi Tipo, FAO Country Representative, said the tenure system in Sierra Leone is risky because of the tension of land issue in the country.
She said lots have been achieved in the area of land policy in the country that they hope to see more, because it can eradicate poverty and ensure food security for sustainable development.