Support for Land Formalization and Agriculture

Background Narrative

The National Land Agency, or Agencia Nacional de Tierras (ANT), started operations in February 2016 under the Government of Colombia to address, among other land issues, the post-conflict challenges of rural development and implementation of peace agreements. ANT implements the government’s territory ordering policies, facilitating access to land as a means of fostering development, ensuring legal security, fostering land use in compliance with social objectives, and administering and disposing of territories owned by Colombia. When its predecessor was dismantled in 2015, reparations processes came to a halt, leaving victims of the armed conflict, who were waiting for their land subsidies in limbo.

Through the Support for Land Formalization and Agriculture project, ACDI/VOCA is working with ANT to address the administrative and legal bottlenecks of the land subsidy programs. The project works with families throughout 19 departments to participate in the ANT subsidy programs, which enable them to purchase land and establish sustainable livelihoods. In coordination with the Program of Alliances for Reconciliation (PAR), ACDI/VOCA is also developing the projects human and social capital strengthening component by ensuring strategies for emotional recovery at individual and group levels. These activities contribute to communities regaining trust in GOC interventions, which address sensitive issues relating to victims’ reparations through land formalization and livelihood projects.

  • Support families affected by the armed conflict to purchase land through ANT’s subsidy programs
  • Facilitate the successful insertion of these families and communities into the national economy by increasing their land productivity through sustainable agricultural livelihood projects
  • Work hand-in-hand with the families through strategies for emotional recovery at individual and group levels in an effort to rebuild the social fabric
  • Support the review of property documents for each case submitted to ANT through our group of legal and land tenure specialists
  • Work with families and communities to design rural livelihood projects. This includes conducting socioeconomic assessments and providing technical assistance to increase productivity by introducing technology, organizational administration models, and business plans. This will serve as a guide for families and communities to take advantage of the full potential of their land.

As of October 31, 2017, the projected has achieved the following:

  • 339 individuals registered in the subsidy programs
  • 374 cases submitted to the subsidy programs reviewed
  • 389 potential land sellers in the subsidy program reviewed
  • 304 potential plots to be purchased assessed
  • 414 livelihood projects supported
  • 52 families have successfully completed the process to purchase land

Funder: Government of Colombia’s Department of Social Prosperity
Budget: $2,400,000
Contact: Carlos Soto at  CSoto@acdivoca.org

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