Land and Livelihoods Making Land Rights Real for India's Rural Poor

This paper was prepared under contract with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The positions and opinions presented are those of the authors alone, and are not intended to represent the views of FAO.

The Livelihood Support Programme

The Livelihood Support Programme (LSP) evolved from the belief that FAO could have a greater impact on reducing poverty and food insecurity, if its wealth of talent and experience were integrated into a more flexible and demand-responsive team approach.

The LSP, which is executed by FAO with funding provided by DfID, works through teams of FAO staff members who are attracted to specific themes being worked on in a sustainable livelihoods context. These cross-departmental and cross-disciplinary teams act to integrate sustainable livelihoods principles in FAO's work, at headquarters and in the field. These approaches build on experiences within FAO and other development agencies.

The Programme is functioning as a testing ground for both team approaches and sustainable livelihoods principles.

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Cambodia: Half-hearted approach towards indigenous peoples’ rights

On 9 March 2009, in a plenary meeting presided over by Deputy Prime Minister Sok An, the Council of Ministers of the Royal Government of Cambodia agreed to replace the term “ethnic minority” with “indigenous minority” and reviewed the two draft policies pertaining to- (i) land registration and land use rights and (ii) development.

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