Land Deal Brief: Lives on Hold

In June 2011, the Oakland Institute (OI) released details of the largest land deal in Tanzania, which had been hidden away from public scrutiny prior to that and obscured from national debate and discussion. The deal involved Iowa-based Summit Group and the Global Agriculture Fund of the Pharos Financial Group working in partnership with AgriSol Energy LLC and Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. 

This Land Deal Brief focuses on the Katumba settlement and is based on fieldwork conducted in early 2012 with the support of local informants, who, due to safety concerns, have not been identified by name in the report. It provides the perspectives of people currently residing within the sites proposed for agricultural investment and also highlights specific issues related to relocation while examining the risks associated with a large-scale agricultural project in the sensitive Ugalla ecosystem. 

Read the press release and the statement from the press call

Download the report

Watch Dan Rather's reports on AgriSol's land deal in Tanzania