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Areas of Intervention

Indigenous Land Rights & Food Security

Areas of Intervention

Malawi’s land system is categorized under the customary land tenure and that means Malawian farmers have no guarantee that they will farm on the same land next season in case the government demands for that piece of land. The government has a land lease system where corporations or people who want to farm on commercial basis can lease land for a period of 99 years and subject to renewal. Corporations are calling Africa “the green OPEC” and they are heading into Africa to start large plantations on contract basis and this is taking away local people’s farming land; hence depriving them of land access for crop production.

CFJ realizes that this squeezes out small-scale farmers in favor of large-scale farms and the undermining of subsistence and local forms of food production and consumption; and the expansion of the corporate ownership and/or control of the entire agri-food system.