The challenges of boosting Tanzania’s rice production

BBC | 23 December 2013
Over a 100 smallholders had to be moved from the land when Kilombero Plantations Ltd established its rice farm in Tanzania, although KPL says it spent $663,000 resettling them according to World Bank guidelines. The challenges of boosting Tanzania’s rice production By Marie Keyworth Business reporter, BBC World Service, Tanzania By the end of this century there are set to be four times as many people to feed in Africa as there are now, and it is clear that farmers will need to increase their food production. The speed of this population growth is visible in Tanzania’s biggest city, Dar es Salaam, which has seen its population double from roughly two million two decades ago to four million today.

The G8’s answer to this challenge has been to call in private sector agriculture firms, asking them to invest billions in Africa and kick-start an agricultural revolution. Already companies such as the US food giant Monsanto, Switzerland’s Syngenta, and Norway’s Yara International, have signed..

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Over a 100 smallholders had to be moved from the land when Kilombero Plantations Ltd established its rice farm in Tanzania, although KPL says it spent $663,000 resettling them according to World Bank guidelines.

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