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Land allocation as a challenge in villages in Tanzania: observations from a trainer

By Masalu Elias Luhula - TNRF | September, 2015


Administration and Management of land at village level is well provided within the Village Land Act, 1999. The Act gives mandate of administration and Management of village land to two Authorities, the Village Council and the Village Assembly.

The Village Council is the authority entrusted with management and administration of village land on behalf of villagers in the village. The Village Council has the power to allocate land available in the village land. Allocation of land out of the village land affects interest in land of villagers and the village as a whole. Therefore the law requires that, the village council get approval of the Village Assembly. In my view, the law considered the true spirit of land as a public property and the legal principle of public interest in land matters.


Pastoralist Programme (PP) is one of the rangelands-focused programmes that TNRF administers. The programme is jointly implemented by TNRF and CARE and is a four year project funded by Irish Aid.  TNRF’s involvement is mainly to provide policy, communication, technical support to the programme, facilitated engagement of national and international as well as enabling advocacy for partners lined up under Pastoralist Programme. Since 2012, the programme has supported more than 46 pastoralits CSOs in different capacities. In 2015, the progrmme provided grants to national advocacy NGOs (5) and local level NGOs (4) from pastoral districts.

It was learnt that CSOs that are receiving grants, pastoralist groups and their institutions are not in a position to actively engage in tracking of public fund allocated for improving livestock extension services due to the fact that they are not equipped with skills and capability.  



The Mama Misitu Campaign delivered comprehensive training program on Investigative Journalism on forestry to journalists in Southern Tanzania. This training was conducted at Lindi Municipality from 06th to 11th July as part of capacity building to the journalists to investigate and report various problems and best practices facing the forestry sector in Southern Tanzania This innovative training gathered participants from Ruvuma, Mtwara and Lindi regions. A total of 17 journalists were trained from different media platforms including IPP, Clouds, Mwananchi, Radio Maria, Business Times and other local radio such as Pride FM and Ruangwa FM.

Gwamaka Mwakyanjala: MMC Manager

Video clip by: Fatuma Maumba

In order to improve journalist’s skills to report on forestry issues, the program offers field-learning experience to journalists to visit forests adjacent communities in their districts to undertake detailed investigations and write well-researched articles under the mentorship of skilled media experts and the Mama Misitu. 

The campaign expects that, trained journalists will develop interest to writing well-researched features and documentaries during and after the Mama Misitu implementation. Articles, documentaries and news spot produced by journalists will generate public debate on the need for improved forestry sector governance in Tanzania.


Gender and Accountability Issues in Large-Scale Agricultural Investments: A call for more Discussion

Godfrey Eliseus Massay – LBI Coordinator at TNRF, June 2015

I read with great interest a recent paper by Helen Dancer and Emmanuel Sulle on “Gender Implications of Agricultural Commercialisation: the Case of Sugarcane Production in Kilombero District, Tanzania”. In their paper they highlightsome literature on gender and commercial agricultural investments, the policy and legal framework governing investments and the extent to which gender is mainstreamed across board, and the specific gender implications in different models of large-scale agricultural investments.


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