This is a policy brief on women’s land rights in South Africa and their role in small-farming value chains. It will provide the basis for policy discussions on multi-stakeholder meetings and policy dialogue. The first part provides the background of the South African context regarding land, followed by a brief gender analysis of the South African policy, laws and customs and a brief discussion of the role of women in small-farming value chains. The analysis is guided by the FAO Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT). The last part of the brief has recommendations on how to secure equal rights for women.

According to the VGGT Technical Guide on governing land for women and men, (FAO, 2013) in order to achieve equal rights for women, policy actions should: • apply international conventions on women’s rights;

• recognize women’s customary rights to land; • make sure that women can register their land rights under the same conditions as men;

• make sure that all stakeholders can participate equitably in land tenure governance, including in local land administration and management institutions; and

• introduce positive discrimination measures.

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