Dan Rather Reports on AgriSol in Tanzania

View excerpts and the full episode of Dan Rather's reporting on land grabs in Tanzania and interview with the Oakland Institute executive director Anuradha Mittal. 

"As populations expand and food prices hit record highs, international investors are hoping to strike it rich in an unlikely place, Africa. We investigate one controversial deal and the surprising cast of players involved – including one of America’s oldest land grant universities."

Original episode details here.

A sense of déjà vu with Rastetter's Iowa Ag Summit

Is the 2015 "Iowa Agriculture Summit" really a bipartisan forum to promote agriculture, or yet another scheme devised by multi-millionaire Iowan Bruce Rastetter to hijack issues impacting farmers and agriculture for his self-serving political and economic agenda?

Dan Rather Reports: Trouble on the Land (transcript)

On September 27, 2001, Dan Rather Reports aired an episode called Trouble on the Land, which examined the AgriSol land deal in Tanzania and the parties involved.

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.