The silence over national Land Policy Review process in Tanzania: A call to rethink

By Masalu Luhula

The Tanzania National Land Policy review process needs open national dialogue and the question is whether the process should be revisited and get back to the public to obtain moral authorty. To ensure the dialogue, this paper suggests the use of women and youth movements like Land Rights Monitors (LRMs) and or paralegals initiatives used by various land related Civil Societies like Tanzania Natural Resource Forum, HakiArdhi, Legal Service Facility (LSF) and land alliances or forums initiatives like the Tanzania Land Alliance (TALA) and the National Engagement Strategy (NES) as channels to influence and enhance the dialogue. It is the argument for discussion that, taking back the discussion to the community and in particular women and youth will ensure conviction of assessing progresses and find direction that people want and contribute to Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This will finally enhance achieving socio-economic transformation through inclusive and equitable access to land by all.

The State of Land-Based Investments in Tanzania: A Situational Analysis Report


From mid-2000s Tanzania experienced a significant interest in land-based investments, with foreign investors leasing chunks of land for agriculture, tourism and forest plantations (Kamanga 2008; Locher and Sulle 2013; Sulle 2016). To date, few land-based investments have generated significant incomes for rural communities while others are disputed. While land-based investment is needed to achieve development goals such as poverty alleviation, industrialization, food security and improved nutrition, an investment that wrongfully displaces rural people and turn them into low-wage or temporary labourers does not meet such goals. Instead, it may create harm to local people and communities and it may prove difficult to implement beneficial partnerships between communities and investors when legitimate right holders are displaced.

This report provides a situational analysis of the current land issues in Tanzania. It does this by assessing the impacts of land-based investments in the country with specific focus on investments located within andoutside the Southern Agriculture Growth Corridor of Tanzania. It gives an overview of the current state with regards to land deals in the country, the existing and planned business models and highlights the existing limitations on data and knowledge about these deals. It focuses on the forms and the impacts of existing land-based investment projects on affected populations, with a specific focus on policy, legal and institutional framework governing large-scale land-based investment. The study thus draws insights from five districts of Mainland Tanzania. The review identifies several land-based investments models to monitor in investment areas, provides recommendations and strategic direction for the work of Land-Based Investment Working Group (LBI-WG). 




The Government of Finland is commemorating its 100 years of independence this year, 2017. The Embassy has held some events in Tanzania that represent the Government of Finland contribution in Tanzania and areas, which Finland supports as part of its foreign development policy. This tree-planting event commemorates 100 years of Independence of Finland but also celebrates 50 years engagement with the forest sector in Tanzania. For a Finn, trees and forests represent a shelter and value for life but also a basic element of livelihoods and potential for economic prosperity. Planting a tree is a symbol of long term commitment and working for the future generations.

Finland's support to the forest sector in Tanzania has been to promote sustainable forest management by strengthening human resources and institution capacities, legal and regulatory frameworks, forest based industries and livelihoods and transparency, openness and accountability in management of forest resources. We also support promotion of community participation in decision making about the use and management of natural resources. This is a way of ensuring public responsibility on the resource to realize its contributions in national development goals.





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Embargo 20th October 2017


On 20th October 2017, Government of Finland is celebrating 100 years of independence. The Embassy of Finland in Tanzania will commemorate this event by promoting tree planting in Tanzania, and  Ambassador  Pekka Hukka will officiate this event by planting a tree in his residence along Kenyatta road at  Masaki. The event will take place from 9 am and will last for two hours.



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