The ‘Tenure Guidelines’ as a tool for democratizing land and resource control in Latin America

Zoe W. Brent, Alberto Alonso-Fradejas, Gonzalo Colque, Sergio Sauer

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The current configuration of global land politics – who gets what land,
how, how much, why and with what implications in urban and rural
spaces in the Global South and North – brings disparate social groups,
governments and social movements with different sectoral and
class interests into the issue of natural resource politics. Governance
instruments must be able to capture the ‘political moment’ marked
by the increasing intersection of issues and state and social forces
that mobilise around these. This paper looks at whether and how the
Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land,
Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (also
known as the TGs) passed in 2012 in the United Nations Committee for
Food Security (CFS) can contribute to democratising resource politics
today. This work puts forward some initial ideas about how systematic
research into the TGs can be done more meaningfully.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1367-1385
JournalThird World Quarterly
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Tenure guidelines
  • land politics
  • natural resource governance
  • social movements


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