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The main objective of this MRLG project component is to strengthen the capacity of stakeholders acting in support of securing land rights for family farmers through exchange of experiences, knowledge, and capabilities at the national and regional levels. These types of activity are open to a wide range of reform actors, the only condition being the willing to share experiences with others in the common interests of learning.

Activities that the project can support include:
– Information collection, analysis, & dissemination
– Collecting, distilling and publishing case studies
– Targeted research
– Structured learning visits
– Cross border learning
– Training & organizational strengthening
– Coaching & pairing
– Convening practical collaborations

As a first activity, a regional research mapping and political economy analysis has been commissioned by the project with the Mekong Research Group at the University of Sydney (henceforth referred to as AMRC, derived from the acronym of the former Australian Mekong Resource Centre). The AMRC  have been conducting engaged and collaborative research around natural resource and environmental governance issues in the Mekong Region since 1997.  AMRC Director and project team leader Professor Philip Hirsch has been teaching and researching in and on the region since 1981. The work begun in October.

The results of the mapping exercise (repository of publications, annotated bibliography etc.) will be made publicly available to all interested stakeholders.

Learning and capacity building
The range of activities supported by the project will be decided on the basis of the reform actor mapping undertaken in each country as well as the consultation workshops being conducted in October and November in CLMV (possible Link to planned activities/ upcoming calendar)

These activities will respond to the needs of multi-stakeholders that agree to cooperate in order to increase their capacities and effectiveness in a specific thematic area related to land governance.

The project does not intend to create new networks, it will work with existing networks and coalitions with the aim of supporting and strengthening them through complementary activities.

In terms of advocacy, the aim of the project is to encourage new stakeholders (especially from the private sector and research bodies) to support improvements in land governance and the rights of smallholders. This could take two forms through:

The identification of common interest areas (partial alignment); and
Public debate on important issues related to land security, focusing on non-confrontational advocacy (for example on the various agricultural development models promoted in different countries).

The learning and Alliance component is managed directly by the Project Implementation Unit. In each country, a national facilitator  is the focal point for consulting the stakeholders and assisting in organizing activities. At the regional level, activities will be planned in an annual regional consultation meeting and supported by the regional coordinator.

Regional Strategy
The MRLG regional strategy and approach to land and other nature resources (forests and water) is presently being formulated but will be demand driven and search for original avenues and partnerships to address land and the challenges smallholders are encountering. It is expected the strategy will draw on numerous sources and be adaptable to the multi-stakeholder and political and economic context which influence small holders. The regional strategy is being created using different sources such as: outcomes of country level Reform Actor Consultation Workshops (to be complete by late November 2014), a multi-stakeholder regional level workshop (first quarter of 2015) with representatives from each country, a Regional Reform Actor Mapping (RRAM) exercise including key informant consultations, internal project strategizing and community level consultation via CSOs. The MRLG foresees a strategy that considers CSO, regional government entry points (e.g. ASEAN) and private sector, especially as it pertains to trans-boundary investment within CLMV. Specific focus will be on smallholder farmers, forest dependent communities and fishermen themselves and how to give them the space to articulate their own desires and express concerns.

The regional strategy will bring together reform actors from different sectors to find areas of common interest, seek to build understanding amongst actors and discuss land and nature in a non-confrontation setting. Cooperation with researchers will be promoted. Possible themes to be followed are: investment models and quality versus quantity, academic and participatory actions research collaboration,  agricultural development models and comparison of large vs small scale agriculture, government – private sector forums on investing in smallholders, community and social forestry , traditional fishing rights , policy tracking, debate and consultations, economic land concessions and grievance mechanisms and corporate social responsibility.

list of L&A activities