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The monopoly of the transnational agribusiness corporations (TNCs) and local corporations which control all aspects of food and agricultural production, that covers not only the delivery of inputs but also to land consolidation and conversion, has both destroyed the agricultural biodiversity and forcefully grabbed farmers’ seed and other production systems. Genetic engineering and taking hold of seeds traditionally managed by women farmers, through intellectual property rights have further excluded the rural poor to access these productive resources.

Today, these corporations set the global rules. Today, less than 10 corporations control half of the world’s market for agricultural inputs such as seeds, pesticides and fertilizers.

In 2012, the Committee on Food Security finally endorsed the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Land Tenure to achieve food security for all, as well as contribute to achieving sustainable livelihoods, rural development, environmental protection, and sustainable social and economic development. These guidelines provide a framework that governments can use when developing own policies, legislation and programmes for the responsible governance of tenure systems for the people and communities to gain access to natural resources.

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