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Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & GovernanceAreas of expertise

Land, food & agriculture

We explore the intersection between environmental law and regulatory frameworks governing access to land and sustainable agriculture. Collectively with our SCELG team, we hold a wealth of expertise in this area ranging from the legal theory through to practical application and implementation at international, regional, and domestic levels. We hold a deep knowledge of key international instruments, including inter alia, the biodiversity regime and the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Land, Fisheries and Forest tenure in the context of national food security (VGGT). Within this field we are particularly interested in the following areas:

  • conservation and sustainable use of agricultural biodiversity
  • agricultural research and development, access to genetic resources and fair and equitable benefit-sharing
  • farmers’ rights, and rights to seed and food
  • protection of agriculture-related traditional knowledge
  • gender equality in land tenure
  • responsible investment in agriculture
  • land governance, tenure and community-level land and resource rights
  • the intersection between land and water governance
  • the impact of COVID-19 on food systems

We collaborate with a number of international partners in our work on land, food and agriculture. These include:

We work closely with various organizations, including those listed above, on the production of an array of legal outputs, including legal publications, guidance materials and FAO legislative studies.

Land, Food and Agriculture publications

Land, Food and Agriculture related projects

Land, Food and Agriculture related consultancies