Based on his 28 years of experience at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Paolo Groppo has been leading the development of the Participatory and Negotiated Territorial Approach (PNTD) towards rural development. This territorial approach represents a true revolution in contemporary - rather sectoral - development approaches of the FAO.
Paolo Groppo will present the reasons why he has been developing the PNTD approach, relying on historical facts and a personal interpretation of the reasons behind the grabbing of natural resources (particularly land), the weakening of governance capacities as well as the increasing asymmetries of power between local players and others. He will further explore how the PNTD approach has been updated into FAO’s Green Negociated Territorial Development (GreeNTD), which includes responses to the challenge that ongoing selling of Nature and its impact on global environment do present.
Biography: Paolo Groppo, PhD INAP-G, has been working for 3 years with OECD Development Centre and for 28 years with FAO on agrarian reform, family farming, community rights, territorial development, and land conflicts. He has been editor of FAO Land Reform, Land Settlement and Cooperatives from 1992 to 2006 and is presently member of the Technical Advisory Committee Land Portal and of AGTER.