Speaking at the annual African Cup of Investment Management, Alex Pestana said China had invested in arable land in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Mozambique.
The people living on the lands now being targeted by US-owned Dominion Farms can learn a lot from the film Good Fortune, which provides a behind-the-scenes account of the struggle of a local community in Kenya to defend their lands from this company.
En proposant d’injecter 2,5 milliards de dollars (1,7 milliard d’euros) dans le secteur agricole du continent noir, les géants indiens de l’agroalimentaire s’apprêtent à battre le record des deals agricoles signés en Afrique au cours des cinquante dernières années.
The debate on large scale land acquisition in Tanzania is far from over as there is a changing dynamic now as local investors team up in joint venture with foreign investors and we are made to believe that since we have one of our own in the investment venture our interests are taken care of.
The Tanzania government has been advised to draft laws to curb acquisition by foreigners of extensive tracts of the country’s fertile agricultural land as foreign direct investment would be a disaster in years to come.
En los últimos años, la oleada creciente de privatizaciones de tierras en África (su compra por parte de gobiernos extranjeros, multinacionales agroalimentarias o fondos de inversión) ha hecho aún más vulnerable su precario sistema agrícola y alimentario.
Nirmal Seeds wants not more than 30,000 hectares of land in Tanzania to invest in seeds production to feed the local market.
Karuturi expects to acquire 311,700 ha of land in Tanzania that is similar to Ethiopia and has already applied for 1000 ha of land at Rufiji Basin, Coast Region.
The company plans to lease land to grow palm oil, sugar cane and cereals in Tanzania, to add to land it has acquired in Ethiopia. Karuturi is visiting Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia as part of a delegation of 35 Indian investors.
AgriSol Energy LLC, and its joint venture partner in Tanzania will invest more than $100 million over the next 10 years to develop a large-scale commercial farming project.
Within agriculture, conflicts revolve around land and water sources ownership and use. The case of Karatu Kiru valley sugarcane farming where one of the investors was killed by local community on May 31, 2011 serves as an illustration
“This notion of saying that we have enough land is untrue, as the land we have now does not only belongs to us but also to our future generations,” Dr Damian Gabagambi of Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania says.