Free Prior and Informed Consent

Oxfam campaign graphic telling Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski that prior consultation is a human right.

Blog: A win for Free, Prior and Informed Consent: Indigenous leaders halt protests after Peru agrees to meet their demands

The Peruvian government’s agreement with indigenous leaders in oil block 192 offers a ray of hope for indigenous organizations fighting to have a say in projects that affect them, but major gaps remain in consultation processes across Latin America.

Chief Ezequiel João, Panambi-Lagoa Rica Indigenous Land, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Photo: Tatiana Cardeal

Blog: UN Committee on World Food Security on track to lead the global effort toward achieving zero hunger by 2030

With the UN Committee on World Food Security's adoption of the report of its 2015 plenary session, the CFS took important commitments that will be critical to ensure that it can deliver on its role and lead the global efforts to achieve zero hunger and a sustainable agriculture by 2030 and realize the right to adequate food.

Villagers near Ka Chok, Cambodia are concerned about a mining concession granted to a Vietnamese company. Local farmers were not consulted about the concession and worry that they lose access to farm lands. Credit: Patrick Brown/Oxfam

Blog: 4 critical ways oil, gas, and mining companies must support local community rights

For oil, gas, and mining companies, gaining access to land and water can make or break a project. For many communities their land is their lifeline, and this can be lost when they don’t have a say and their rights are ignored. Today, Oxfam launched a new report reviewing the public policy commitments of 38 oil, gas, and mining companies around issues of community engagement and rights, with a particular focus on free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC).

Judith Catongoma, Bananas For Equality, Zambia. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

Blog: Rural transformation: Key to sustainable development

2015 represents a juncture for development. The process of defining new Sustainable Development Goals provides an opportunity to refocus policies, investments and partnerships for more inclusive, sustainable and people-centered development.

A man hand mills rice, in Philippines. Photo: Tessa Bunney

Blog: Falling out of love with the Committee on World Food Security

Today CFS member states adopted the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems. They are a long way from being the gold standard we were looking for.

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