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Tanzanian Land Grab


in Tanzania the New Alliance for Food
and Nutrition – a conglomerate and cooperative unification of government
interest and corporate interest has claimed that it once and is able to lift
50 million Africans out of food poverty by 2022 – in this quick short
sharp episode we’re going to be looking at whether those claims are true and the
effects of the idea of putting private interest in to try and fixing some of
the continent of Africa’s most dire problems in terms of food security and
generation. European countries, many of the countries that make up the G7 as
well as 10 African nations together with businesses have decided that
corporations when allowed to take hold of free Holdings in countries such as
Tanzania that are traditionally used for tomato agriculture that they’ll be able
to invest over 8 billion pounds in African agriculture. The problem is what
we’ve seen is an exacerbation of enclosures clearances and even violent
clashes between shareholders crafters nomadic peoples as well as small and big
farmers what’s happening is the G7 international bodies corporations as
well as African governments like the Tanzanian government are exacerbating
existing tensions between different sets of farmers and people who cultivate
allowed and this in turn is causing huge amounts of political destabilization
corporations end up seizing land leading to large scale of
land grabs abuse of human rights Tanzania has seen tomorrow production
actually stagnate the idea is that the Tanzanian government would advertise
huge amounts of free land for corporations with a social conscience to
come in and with partnership alongside government and regional powers to invest
in Tanzanian agriculture that hasn’t happened. 350,000 hectares of land have
been offered up in Tanzania many go in for as cheap as $1 a hectare the theory
is that corporations will come in they shall be able to have a share of the
land they’ll have a role in crafting land reform legislation the connection
between judicial rights and arable land production and allocation but we haven’t
seen a growth of food production and we haven’t seen an increase in the
efficiency and use of land in Tanzania only 24% of arable land is being used in
increased productivity. Many African nations whether west africa north africa
east or south have a huge potential when it comes to technology when it comes to
legal sophistication institutional stability and development as well as
economic potential we have to be very suspicious of countries that make up the
G7 European initiatives u.s. initiatives Russian and Chinese initiatives but we
also have to focus on African governments who allow their people many
of them in rural communities to be pitted against one another for land to
be used as a commodity not as a piece of resource that people can have but something they are custodians of and not as something which can be bartered between huge
corporations and not to the benefit whether economic or cultural of anyone. Reduced levels of productivity the lack of efficiency in the use of arable land
are huge problems in Tanzania and is all stems from
connection between international institutions meant to be impartial
corporate power and also legal sanction by the international community European
powers,

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