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Land grab that threats more than 162,000 Tanzanians

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by EMT, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. EMT

    EMT JF-Expert Member

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    October 20, 2011


    To:

    Mizengo P. Pinda, Prime Minister, United Republic of Tanzania
    Bruce Rastetter, co-founder and Managing Director, AgriSol Energy
    Russell Stidolph, co-founder and Managing Director, AgriSol Energy
    Blake Franklin, co-founder and Managing Director, AgriSol Energy
    Iddi Mohammed Simba, Chairman, AgriSol Energy Tanzania???
    Bertram Eyakuze, co-founder, Serengeti Advisers
    Peter Halloran, Managing Director, Pharos Ag Fund

    Subject: We Urge You: Do Not Displace 162,000 People in Tanzania

    Dear Sirs:

    Sierra Club has recently become aware of plans by AgriSol Energy to acquire 1250 square miles (3250 square kilometers, 800,000 acres) of land in Tanzania, with plans to introduce biofuel production and large-scale industrial agriculture, including introduction of genetically modified crops. We believe that the people most directly affected, including those living on this land, have not been sufficiently apprised or involved in this project which involves relocation of populations, mechanized agriculture, radically restructured economic relationships and genetically engineered crops. Partners such as AgriSol Energy Tanzania / Tanzania Advisors may put a local face on foreign interests but this will not work to the long-term benefit of Tanzania or Tanzanian peoples' livelihoods.

    Our concerns include that this will be a 99 year lease on unfavorable terms, a step back towards Tanzania's colonial past; that, reportedly, disputes are to be arbitrated under International Chamber of Commerce rules in London, which will further disempower local peoples; that AgriSol has demanded a change from the current prohibition of genetically engineered crops which threaten the local biodiversity and contaminate local crop species; and that biofuel production will subtract from the production of local food calories in favor of an export-oriented product.

    On behalf of Sierra Club's more than one million supporters in the U.S. and Canada, we urge you to step away from this ill-advised project.

    Sincerely,
    Richard A. Cellarius, International Vice President

    85 Second Street, Second Floor San Francisco, CA 94105-3441, U.S.A.
    1 Rue Nicholas Street, Suite 412, Ottawa ON K1N 7B7, Canada


    Background of the problem

    Iowa-based investor Bruce Rastetter and fellow investors in the industrial agricultural corporation AgriSol Energy have their sights on 800,000 acres (325,000 hectares) of land in Tanzania that is home to 162,000 people. The proposed site is inhabited by former refugees from neighboring Burundi. Most of the residents, several generations of families who have successfully re-established their lives by developing and farming the land over the last 40 years, will be displaced against their will. They will lose their livelihoods and their community. Once they are gone, Agrisol Energy will move in.

    Despite rising international criticism of the proposed plan to evict the residents in the proposed lease areas for foreign investors, the Tanzanian government plans to move forward with the project.

    AgriSol has promoted this large-scale land acquisition as a project to transform Tanzania into a "regional agricultural powerhouse" by combining the country's abundant agricultural natural resources with "modern" farming practices, including the use of
    genetically modified crops. Unfortunately, AgriSol's plans--which include seeking Strategic Investor Status from the Tanzanian government that would grant them tax holidays and other critical investment incentives (including waiver of duties on agricultural and industrial equipment supplies, export guarantees, and certainty for use of GMO and Biotech and production of biofuels), while generating tremendous profit for the investors will do little, if anything, for Tanzanians.

    On the contrary, it is likely that if this land deal goes ahead it will set a precedent for future land rights abuses. More details can be found in the Oakland Institute Brief, AgriSol Energy and Pharos Global Agriculture Fund's Land Deal in Tanzania. There is fear that this project could move quickly forward unless the Tanzanian government and the US investors realize that the world is watching.

    In short, it is argued that this investment is not "socially responsible agricultural investment."
     
  2. Bantugbro

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    Safi sana tuwabane hivi hivi mpaka kieleweke....
     
  3. EMT

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    Tuwabane vipi? So far sijaona movement yoyote ndani ya Tanzania. Hizi movements zinafanyika na watu ambao sio Watanzania.
     
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    cina la kusema cina lakusema mie ooohhhh.....pikipiki hana la kusema mbele ya gari!!!!! mnyonge hana haki ea eeee!!!!!
     
  5. EMT

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    Sasa mkuu kama huna cha kusema. Ila miaka michache ijayo unaweza ukaanza kula genetically modified foods kama bado.
     
  6. jingalao

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    mbona Tanzania ni kubwa sana lakini kila kukicha utasikia watu wanahamishwa kupisha uwekezaji,leo hii hawa watu 160000+ wakikubali kuhamishiwa eneo jingine utasikia baada ya miaka 5 wanatakiwa kuhama kupisha uwekezaji wa aina nyingine.
    naona ili kukabiliana na tatizo hili kila mtanzania amilikishwe sq meter 20000 halafu ajue atazifanyia nini.
     
  7. VoiceOfReason

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    Hivi hili jambo najiuliza kila siku...!!!, kama kweli hizi venture ni this profitable kwanini serikali isifanye yenyewe na inacost kiasi gani (ili iweze ku-keep 100% profit)

    Kwanini kwenda kuuza ili jamaa waje wafanye tena jamaa ambao hawana uchungu na jamii husika...?
    Alafu unadhani mkulima wa kawaida ataweza kushindana na hawa mabwana...?

    Huu ndio wakati wa kuzuia huu uwekezaji kama tuna ndoto ya elimu ya bure na afya ya bure na taifa letu kuacha kuwa omba omba
     
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    Mkuu watu wanahamishwa sababu hapo ndio pazuri (ardhi yenye value)

    Kuhusu huku kila mtu apewe ardhi 20000 nakupinga kabisa kwahiyo na population itakavyoongezeka zaidi hizo ardhi watu walizopewa zitakuwaje si ndio kuleta matabaka makubwa huku...

    Binafsi nadhani turudi kwenye dhana za Mwalimu Ardhi iwe mali ha jamii (100%) just imagine badala ya hizi private sectors hapo tungekuwa tunasema ushirika wa sehemu hio ndio unafanya hii investment kwa manufaa ya jamii (chakula, elimu, afya n.k.) kuna mtu angebisha au kuja juu..?, tatizo kinachofanyika sasa ni kwa manufaa ya wachache
     
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    THE government has been warned against allocating over 320,000 hectares of prime land in Rukwa Region to an American agro-firm, Agrisol Energy, which is seeking to undertake large scale commercial farming for food, livestock, and jatropha for biofuel.

    Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Meshack Opulukwa, (CHADEMA) said in Parliament on Monday while debating the ministry's 2011/12 budget estimates presentation. Mr Opulukwa said the American firm's acquisition of the land in Rukwa will displace 162,000 local farmers. "The opposition's position that the investor is an important element in food production or that he will create employment. This is no justification in taking away land from villagers," Mr Opulukwa said.

    He warned against what he termed a new culture of allocating huge tracts of land to foreign investors, saying this increased cases of land conflicts pitting farmers against pastoralists. "We would like the minister to give us reasons why Rukwa farmers should give way to this investor because statistics show that we don't have a problem of food shortage. The only problem is poor infrastructure," he pointed out.

    In his budget speech, Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives Minister, Professor Jumanne Maghembe said during the current financial year, his ministry would continue working with the private sector under Kilimo Kwanza as defined by Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme and Tanzania Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plan.

    "We will also continue to implement projects under southern zone agriculture development also known as SAGOT, Feed the Future and Bread basket," he underlined. Prof Maghembe said budget constraints would reduce subsidy to farmers in breadbasket regions and would only cover 1.8 million farmers compared to 2 million last season.

    "Further, some 737,000 farmers who started getting subsidies in 2008/9 through the voucher system are now strong enough to stand on their own after three years of support," he said.

    Daily News
     
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    Population inaongezeka ndani ya kaya..kwa hiyo kila kaya itajijua !!
     
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