It will be a huge mistake to hand over to these corporations most of our land rights. In fact it is the subsistence farmers who produce more than 90 per cent of the food we consume.” (Photo courtesy of Kwekudee)
POSSESSION of arable land is of great importance for farmers in rural Tanzania. It is also of paramount importance in determining our future for the well-being of our people.
The numerous land disputes are clear-cut testimony to this fact. We, however, are grateful that our government has realized this and is not eager to parcel out too much land to transnational corporations.
No wonder President Jakaya Kikwete refuted claims that his government grabs land from poor farmers and hands it to investors. So, we are lucky that a great part of our land is not in the hands of transnational corporations like it is in some countries in our region.
It will be a huge mistake to hand over to these corporations most of our land rights; the rights that defend farmers. In fact it is the subsistence farmers who produce more than 90 per cent of the food we consume…..