Land insecurity is an issue everywhere. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the situation has likely deteriorated. The 2020 global comparative report of Prindex shows that rates of perceived insecurity vary from region to region around the world - the lowest rates are in Europe and Central Asia (12%), North America (14%) and East Asia and the Pacific (15%). Latin America and Caribbean (21%) is a little higher, and Africa (26%) and the Middle East/North Africa (28%) have the highest rates. Within sub-Saharan Africa, there is also a large range in insecurity rates, Rwanda being one of the lowest levels of insecurity worldwide with 8% and Burkina Faso among the highest with 44%.
This diversity within in Africa can be explained by, among other reasons, the weaknesses of the legal systems, the overlapping or the superposition of statutory and customary tenure regimes, inefficiencies in the implementation of the legal procedures, poor land services delivery, as well as a lack of transparency and corruption issues. All of these issues are exacerbated in a context of a massive rush on arable agricultural lands and an increase in large scale land-based investments.
Global Land Alliance (GLA), the International Land Coalition Africa (ILC Africa) and the Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale (IPAR) will be organizing an online regional event on measuring the land insecurity in Africa on December 2, 2020.
This land and data-focused event will bring together the land actors in the region, decision makers at continental, regional and national levels, the National Statistical Offices, NGOs, academia, and land data experts for a rich discussion of how data on land insecurity can help improve decision-making.