Picking Up the Pieces from a Failed Land Grab Project in Tanzania

As negotiations over responsible agricultural investment policy run through the summer, Tanzanian villagers fight for the return of 20,000 acres of land lost to a failed biofuel project.

Analysis: The Poisoned Chalice of Tanzania’s Land Deals

IRINGA, 7 November 2013 (IRIN) - For more than a decade Tanzania has been wooing foreign investors to help modernize and reinvigorate its agricultural sector - which engages about 80 percent of the population - as a way of boosting national development. 

But many supposed beneficiaries, such as smallholder Ahmed Kipanga, a 37-year-old father of five from the coastal Kisarawe District, feel short-changed. 

Tanzanie: l’Accaparement des Terres Recule

par Marine Jobert


Restreindre la taille des terres agricoles qui peuvent être cédées. C’est ce que vient de décider le gouvernement tanzanien, prenant le contre-pied de sa politique agricole, résolument orientée depuis quelques années vers les multinationales des biocarburants.

Contenir "la Course à l’Accaparement des Terres"

DAR ES SALAAM, 26 déc (IPS) - A partir de janvier 2013, la Tanzanie débutera la restriction de la taille des terres qui peuvent être "cédées" uniquement aux grands investisseurs étrangers et locaux à des fins agricoles. 

Cette décision intervient suite aux critiques locales et internationales selon lesquelles de grands investisseurs s'emparent ici de grandes portions de terre, délogeant souvent de petits agriculteurs et des communautés locales. 

Tanzania Takes Major Step Towards Curbing Land 'Grabs'

Tanzania has set a ceiling for investors wanting to buy its agricultural land, a move welcomed by land rights campaigners


Curbing Tanzania’s “Land Grabbing Race”

DAR ES SALAAM, Dec 19 2012 (IPS) - From January 2013, Tanzania will start restricting the size of land that single large-scale foreign and local investors can “lease” for agricultural use. The decision follows both local and international criticism that major investors are grabbing large chunks of land here, often displacing small-scale farmers and local communities. 

Tanzanian Villagers Pay for Biofuel Investment

The financial collapse of a project by UK-based Sun Biofuels shows how the development dream can quickly turn into a nightmare for local people. Land and water resources that had been held collectively is now fenced off from villagers while the promises of infrastructure, jobs and better life never materialized. Redeye host Lorraine Chisholm speaks with Frederic Mousseau, policy director at the Oakland Institute. 


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Press Release: A Cautionary Tale: Tanzanian Villagers Pay for Biofuel Investment Disaster

A new brief examines the situation on the ground a year after Sun Biofuels bankruptcy

Oakland, CA--A new brief from the Oakland Institute examining the case of now defunct UK-based Sun Biofuels project in Tanzania shows how the "development" dream can quickly turn into a nightmare when a country hands over its future welfare and development to foreign investors, unaccountable to anyone.

Land Deal Brief: Tanzanian Villagers Pay for Sun Biofuels Investment Disaster

The Tanzanian government has put agriculture at the forefront of its development agenda through its “kilimo kwanza” (agriculture first) initiative, which was established in 2009. For a country like Tanzania, which is gifted with a rich diversity of natural and human resources and has a population that is still largely rural, investment in agriculture can offer considerable development potential.

In recent years, the production of agrofuels by foreign energy companies has been a growing area of agricultural investment in the country. Although proponents of this trend argue that it will bring much-needed agricultural investment to a country where the majority of the population is engaged in agriculture, others are concerned that large-scale agrofuel production, coupled with insecure land rights and weak land governance, is actually fuelling exclusion of rural households from their land.

Anuradha Mittal Speaks at Fallon Forum

Recorded on 8/28/12 on AgriSol with Anuradha Mittal of Oakland Institute and Tim Schwab of Food & Water Watch.

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