Tanzania : new study shows that large scale investment likely to disadavantage smallholder farmers


Morogoro, Tanzania - The co-existence of large scale and smallholder farmers in only possible, when there is a water tight legal framework, secure land rights and accountability land governance in the country, new study shows.

A study conducted by Dr Kenneth Bengesi of Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) to assess the impact of Biofuel Investments on local livelihood in Tanzania indicates that large scale investment is likely to disadvantage the small producers due to existing legal framework.

“With the current legal framework, where there is insecure land rights and weak land governance, the two fail to co-exist in a win-win situation,” said Dr Bengesi, when presenting his findings at the MVIWATA 20th anniversary done recently here in Morogoro.

The study that was done in Kisarawe , shows that small holder farmers are not happy with bio-fuel investment in their area considering disadvantages in socio-economic impact, ecological systems and land acquisition.

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Program of the Conference on Land Issues in Europe

From Land Grabbing to Land Reform

25th of June 2013, from 9h00 till 12h30

European Parliament ASP 1G2 - Brussels. Organized by GUE/NGL in cooperation with European Coordination Via Campesina


  • 9h00 - 9h20: Welcome and Introduction

  • Welcome : Gabi Zimmer President GUE/NGL (Germany)

  • Introduction : Javier Sanchez, Member of the ECVC Coordination Committee

  • 9h20-10h30: 1st Panel – Access to Land, land concentration and land grabbing

  • Olivier De Schutter, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

  • Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, TNI - Presentation of the Land Grabbing Report

  • Willy Schuster, Ecoruralis, Romanian national case study

Moderator: Willy Meyer, GUE/NGL MEP (Spain)

  • 10h30 – 11h00: Press Conference/ Coffee break.

  • 11h00 – 12h00: 2nd Panel - Are the EU and national policies favoring equal access to land and the entry into farming by prospective (young and small) farmers ?

  • Dacian Cioloş, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development (tbc)

  • Patrick Le Hyaric, MEP GUE/NGL (France)

  • Eva García Sempere, Coordinator of theSpatial Planningand Environment Unit ofIU-LV-CA- Preparation of the Land Bankprojectin Andalusia

  • Andrea Ferrante, Member of the ECVC Coordination Committee -Proposal for a EU Directive on Lands

Moderator : Geneviève Savigny, Member of the ECVC Coordination Committee

  • 12h00-12h30: Debate and conclusions by Joao Ferreira, MEP GUE/NGL (Portugal)

Conference on Land Issues in Europe: from Land Grabbing to Land Reform


b_350_0_16777215_00_images_stories_agrarianreform_hands_off.jpgSAVE THE DATE

25th of June 2013, 9h00-12h30

European Parliament- Brussels

With whom:

· Olivier De Schutter, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

· Willy Meyer, Patrick Le Hyaric and Joao Ferreira, MEPs

· The authors of the Report on Land Grabbing in Europe, study coordinated by ECVC and the coalition Hands off the Land (TNI, FIAN International, FIAN Netherlands, FIAN Germany, FIAN Austria, IGO in Poland and FDCL in Germany)

· Coordination Committee and Members of European Coordination Via Campesina

This event is jointly organized by European Coordination Via Campesina and the group GUE/NGL of the European Parliament.

The report on Land Grabbing in Europe, along with its Executive Summary, are already available on the ECVC website: http://www.eurovia.org/spip.php?article757&lang=en

Draft programme, registration form and documentation will be on the ECVC website soon.

Europe : Land concentration and land grabbing occurring and reaching blatant levels

Press Release  of the European Coordination Via Campesina

(17th of April 2013, Fuerteventura) Land concentration and land grabbing do not occur only in developing countries in the South; in fact, both are underway in Europe today. A new report by European Coordination Via Campesina and Hands off the Land network shows that land grabbing and access to land are a critical issues today in Europe, and also reveals that the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) subsidy scheme and other policies is implicated in a variety of ways.

The report, involving 25 authors from 11 countries and titled Land concentration, land grabbing and people’s struggles in Europe, reveals the hidden scandal of how just three per cent of landowners have come to control half of all farmed land. This massive concentration of land ownership and wealth is on a par with Brazil, Colombia and Philippines.

Some of these processes of ever-increasing land concentration are not new; however they have accelerated in recent decades in particular in Eastern Europe. Many feature European companies, as well as new actors including Chinese companies and Middle Eastern Hedge Funds, tied into an increasingly global commodity chains, and all looking to profit from the increasingly speculative commodity of land.

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