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Monday, December 19, 2011

Land acquisition, a threat to Tanzanian small-scale farmers - Sungusia

Tanzanian land experts have said that land acquisition by foreigners in the country is a threat to small scale farmers, reports IPPMedia.
A research on laws and policy about land and investment in Tanzania, according to a lawyer, Guardian Harold Sungusia, confirmed that most of the laws and policies do not have adequate safeguards to protect the ordinary citizens from land grabbing.
"The legal framework in Tanzania is unduly favouring investors to the detriment of citizens," he said, noting that the current investment on land would not assure Tanzania of food security unless strict measures are taken.
As said by him, only through changing laws and policies would local people benefit from the investments that it should go along with empowering local communities to be able to invest in various sectors.
He warned that failure to create an equitable balance between people's interests vis-a-vis those of investors, Sunguisia insisted that a manifestation of this is in the exclusion of the public from decision making, unfair and inadequate compensation with low level of public knowledge on land issues and contracts.
He also affirmed that it will be a violation of the laws safeguarding land rights among many others. Read more
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