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Mizengo Pinda Ulifuata Nini Iowa in September 2011

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    Hawa watu hawataki kuwalipa madaktari huku wanakula mamilioni ya fedha. Lawrence Masha, Mizengo Pinda na Iddi Simba waambieni Watanzania ukweli.
    Source OAKLAND INSTITUTE

    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. We need your help today to make sure that won’t happen. Please send a message to Bruce Rastetter, other principal investors, and the Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania, to urge them to drop this project.

    AgriSol has promoted this large-scale land acquisition as a project to transform Tanzania into a “regional agricultural powerhouse” by combining thecountry’s abundant agricultural natural resources with “modern” farming practices, including the use of genetically modifiecrops.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 investorsiv--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.

    We fear that this project could move quickly forward unless the Tanzanian government and the US investors realize that the world is watching. We ask that you join the Oakland Institute in holding Bruce Rastetter and AgriSol team accountable and send them the message that proceeding with their plans is not “socially responsible agricultural investment.”
     
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    Mazingira yanayozunguka utendaji wa kazi wa Serikali yetu(Viongozi) unatia hasira sana.Viongozi wengi kwa sasa wanafanya mambo kama vile baada ya kustaafu hawataishi Tanzania hii.
    Ebu jisomee uone Mtu huyu anayejiita Mtoto wa Mkulima yuko tayari kuuza ardhi iliyoachwa na mababu zake kwa wazungu(wawekezaji/Wezi) kwa muda wa miaka 99 yaani sawa na vizazi viwili maana wastani wetu kuishii ni miaka 50!
    Is Mr.Pinda (PM) behind this deal? (Land Grabbing for GMO in Mpanda)

    Source: Haki Ardhi - Home
    In January, 2009 Mpanda District Council Investment Committee convened a meeting that involved TAMISEMI, Ministry of Agriculture, Prime Minister and other delegations from the Central government. This initially welcomed Agrisol to invest in about 280,000 acres of land in Katumba and Mishamo. Surprisingly this did not involve any person from the area (Katumba or Mishamo). According to data5, Ward Councilors from Katumba and Mishamo were not invited. They arrived at the venue, only to find out that meeting had ended. VEOs and WEOs from Katumba and Mishamo were not involved as well. People in the district do not know a clue of whatever is taking place,
    Kwa wenye akili Manamba watakao wafanya kazi kwenye mashamba tarajiwa!
    refugee settlement after evacuations of regugees.


    Non-participation of the local leaders and purported beneficiaries / likely victims in the Memorandum of Understanding between investors and the government

    Again in signing the MOU, ward councilors, VEOs and WEOs from Katumba and Mishamo were not involved. This left them in dark about the Agrisol issue. They face difficulties in answering questions from their local community members6. Worse still they were not included in a team that went to America (Iowa state University) to witness examples of mechanized Agriculture7. In the District Council Agriculture and Investment Committee Meeting, the councilors suggested 20 years of lease for Agrisol. However in the MOU 99 years lease was adopted without again consulting the committee. This has brough contraction between WODC and other stakeholders, especially the District Executive Director.

    The issue of 99 years lease

    According to the MOU8, clause 4.4 the initial term of the Certificate of Occupancy shall be 99 years. Again as per clause 3.19 the right of occupancy may be is subject to extension following reasonable written request of either party.


    Related news:
    [FONT=&quot]AgriSol Energy LLC [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Iowans Petition to Censure Rastetter At ‘After AgriSol' Forum [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]March 24, 2012[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Hannah Furfaro More than 70 Iowans called Saturday for the censure of Iowa Board of Regents' president pro tem Bruce Rastetter for his role in a large-scale private agriculture deal in Tanzania at a community teach-in hosted by Occupy Ames and Occupy ISU at Ames City Hall. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Guest Column: Iowa State Furthering an Example of Colonial Capitalism [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]March 20, 2012[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] Ahna Kruzic is a senior in sociology. As of lately, an immense amount of controversy has surrounded the involvement of several Iowa-based partners in a highly controversial and undeniably questionable investment deal in the African country of Tanzania. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]We Need Your Support Urgently [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Between April 1-4, 2012, hundreds of Sierra Leonean farmers, women, youth, landowners, and elders are coming together-in what will surely be a historic event-to challenge the impact of unbridled foreign land investment, commonly known as "land grabs," in Sierra Leone. Unfortunately, most of the participants have no resources to cover travel and other costs. To ensure that the poorest have a voice in decision making, the Oakland Institute has pledged to raise $10,000. Please help us make this... [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Tanzania: U.S. University Withdraws From Land Grab Deal [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]February 16, 2012[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]The most controversial and potentially devastating part of the deal was the forceful removal of 162,000 people thriving on the land. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Iowa School Calls It Quits on Plantation-Style 'Land Grab' in Tanzania [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]February 14, 2012[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Feb. 14 (GIN) - An Iowa school has backed out of a project that was regarded as a massive land grab in Tanzania. Over 160,000 small farmers would have been evicted under the plan. In its announcement on Feb. 10, Iowa State University said it was tired of defending its role in the African project and its partnership with AgriSol Energy, a U.S. company run by a major university donor. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Iowa School Calls It Quits On Planatation-Style ‘Land Grab' In Tanzania [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]February 14, 2012[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Iowa State University Withdraws Completely from AgriSol Energy's Investment Deal in Tanzania [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]February 12, 2012[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In a turnabout that should remove AgriSol's last shred of credibility as a "responsible investor" in Tanzania, Iowa State University (ISU) announced in a statement on February 10, 2012 that they have withdrawn themselves entirely from ties to AgriSol and the land deal it is planning in Tanzania. From Dean Wintersteen's statement we learned that the university is tired of spending "much of our time and energy...directed at countering misrepresentations about why and how we were involved." [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Colonialism 101 [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]January 6, 2012[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]By Alan Guebert It's hard to see Iowa State University's key role in a plan by one of its top officials to develop an 800,000-acre farm in Tanzania as anything other than institutional polish to a massive African land deal for politically connected financial titans. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]US Varsity Faults AgriSol Katumba, Mishamo Investments in Mpanda [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]January 1, 2012[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]By Gerald Kitabu AgriSol's planned investment project in Katumba and Mishamo refugee settlements in Mapnda district has suffered the first major big blow following Iowa State University (ISU)'s decision to scale back its involvement with AgriSol to an "advisory capacity," The Guardian on Sunday has learnt. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Another Shady Land Deal in Africa, This One Assisted By the U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]December 30, 2011[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]By Rachel Cernansky Trees ForTheFuture/CC BY 1.0--Tree-planting in Mayange Village near Kigoma, Tanzania, where thousands of people would be displaced-some of them refugees from Burundi with over 40 years of established lives, according to the Oakland Institute. [/FONT]
     
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    Mazingira yanayozunguka utendaji wa kazi wa Serikali yetu(Viongozi) unatia hasira sana.Viongozi wengi kwa sasa wanafanya mambo kama vile baada ya kustaafu hawataishi Tanzania hii.
    Ebu jisomee uone Mtu huyu anayejiita Mtoto wa Mkulima yuko tayari kuuza ardhi iliyoachwa na mababu zake kwa wazungu(wawekezaji/Wezi) kwa muda wa miaka 99 yaani sawa na vizazi viwili maana wastani wetu kuishii ni miaka 50!
    Is Mr.Pinda (PM) behind this deal? (Land Grabbing for GMO in Mpanda)

    Source: Haki Ardhi - Home
    In January, 2009 Mpanda District Council Investment Committee convened a meeting that involved TAMISEMI, Ministry of Agriculture, Prime Minister and other delegations from the Central government. This initially welcomed Agrisol to invest in about 280,000 acres of land in Katumba and Mishamo. Surprisingly this did not involve any person from the area (Katumba or Mishamo). According to data5, Ward Councilors from Katumba and Mishamo were not invited. They arrived at the venue, only to find out that meeting had ended. VEOs and WEOs from Katumba and Mishamo were not involved as well. People in the district do not know a clue of whatever is taking place,
    Kwa wenye akili Manamba watakao wafanya kazi kwenye mashamba tarajiwa!
    refugee settlement after evacuations of regugees.


    Non-participation of the local leaders and purported beneficiaries / likely victims in the Memorandum of Understanding between investors and the government

    Again in signing the MOU, ward councilors, VEOs and WEOs from Katumba and Mishamo were not involved. This left them in dark about the Agrisol issue. They face difficulties in answering questions from their local community members6. Worse still they were not included in a team that went to America (Iowa state University) to witness examples of mechanized Agriculture7. In the District Council Agriculture and Investment Committee Meeting, the councilors suggested 20 years of lease for Agrisol. However in the MOU 99 years lease was adopted without again consulting the committee. This has brough contraction between WODC and other stakeholders, especially the District Executive Director.

    The issue of 99 years lease

    According to the MOU8, clause 4.4 the initial term of the Certificate of Occupancy shall be 99 years. Again as per clause 3.19 the right of occupancy may be is subject to extension following reasonable written request of either party.


    Related news:
    [FONT=&quot]AgriSol Energy LLC [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Iowans Petition to Censure Rastetter At ‘After AgriSol’ Forum [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]March 24, 2012[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Hannah Furfaro More than 70 Iowans called Saturday for the censure of Iowa Board of Regents’ president pro tem Bruce Rastetter for his role in a large-scale private agriculture deal in Tanzania at a community teach-in hosted by Occupy Ames and Occupy ISU at Ames City Hall. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Guest Column: Iowa State Furthering an Example of Colonial Capitalism [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]March 20, 2012[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] Ahna Kruzic is a senior in sociology. As of lately, an immense amount of controversy has surrounded the involvement of several Iowa-based partners in a highly controversial and undeniably questionable investment deal in the African country of Tanzania. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]We Need Your Support Urgently [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Between April 1-4, 2012, hundreds of Sierra Leonean farmers, women, youth, landowners, and elders are coming together—in what will surely be a historic event—to challenge the impact of unbridled foreign land investment, commonly known as “land grabs,” in Sierra Leone. Unfortunately, most of the participants have no resources to cover travel and other costs. To ensure that the poorest have a voice in decision making, the Oakland Institute has pledged to raise $10,000. Please help us make this... [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Tanzania: U.S. University Withdraws From Land Grab Deal [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]February 16, 2012[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]The most controversial and potentially devastating part of the deal was the forceful removal of 162,000 people thriving on the land. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Iowa School Calls It Quits on Plantation-Style 'Land Grab' in Tanzania [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]February 14, 2012[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Feb. 14 (GIN) - An Iowa school has backed out of a project that was regarded as a massive land grab in Tanzania. Over 160,000 small farmers would have been evicted under the plan. In its announcement on Feb. 10, Iowa State University said it was tired of defending its role in the African project and its partnership with AgriSol Energy, a U.S. company run by a major university donor. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Iowa School Calls It Quits On Planatation-Style ‘Land Grab’ In Tanzania [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]February 14, 2012[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Iowa State University Withdraws Completely from AgriSol Energy’s Investment Deal in Tanzania [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]February 12, 2012[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]In a turnabout that should remove AgriSol's last shred of credibility as a “responsible investor” in Tanzania, Iowa State University (ISU) announced in a statement on February 10, 2012 that they have withdrawn themselves entirely from ties to AgriSol and the land deal it is planning in Tanzania. From Dean Wintersteen’s statement we learned that the university is tired of spending “much of our time and energy...directed at countering misrepresentations about why and how we were involved.” [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Colonialism 101 [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]January 6, 2012[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]By Alan Guebert It's hard to see Iowa State University's key role in a plan by one of its top officials to develop an 800,000-acre farm in Tanzania as anything other than institutional polish to a massive African land deal for politically connected financial titans. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]US Varsity Faults AgriSol Katumba, Mishamo Investments in Mpanda [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]January 1, 2012[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]By Gerald Kitabu AgriSol’s planned investment project in Katumba and Mishamo refugee settlements in Mapnda district has suffered the first major big blow following Iowa State University (ISU)’s decision to scale back its involvement with AgriSol to an “advisory capacity,” The Guardian on Sunday has learnt. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Another Shady Land Deal in Africa, This One Assisted By the U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]December 30, 2011[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]By Rachel Cernansky Trees ForTheFuture/CC BY 1.0--Tree-planting in Mayange Village near Kigoma, Tanzania, where thousands of people would be displaced—some of them refugees from Burundi with over 40 years of established lives, according to the Oakland Institute. [/FONT]
     
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