Dan Rather Reports on AgriSol in Tanzania

View excerpts and the full episode of Dan Rather's reporting on land grabs in Tanzania and interview with the Oakland Institute executive director Anuradha Mittal. 

"As populations expand and food prices hit record highs, international investors are hoping to strike it rich in an unlikely place, Africa. We investigate one controversial deal and the surprising cast of players involved – including one of America’s oldest land grant universities."

Original episode details here.

La conservation du sol et de l’eau sur les pentes du Kilimandjaro, Tanzanie

Districts de Moshi, Hai et Rombo, Tanzanie

Himo Environmental Management Trust Fund a amélioré les conditions de vie des paysans affectés par la faible productivité et l’érosion des sols par la formation des paysans aux techniques de conservation des sols et de l’eau et la construction de petites infrastructures rurales.

Sweet Potato to Fight Vitamin A Deficiency and Reduce Malnutrition

Location: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia

Orange-fleshed sweet potato varieties are poorly disseminated in Africa, but several important research-based initiatives are producing the crop and encouraging consumption to reduce undernourishment, especially Vitamin A Deficiency.

Soil and Water Conservation on the Slopes of Kilimanjaro

Location: Moshi, Hai, and Rombo districts, Tanzania

Himo Environmental Management Trust Fund has worked to improve the livelihoods of small-scale farmers facing low productivity and soil erosion on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Farmers have been trained in soil and water conservation techniques and built small rural infrastructures.

Conservation Agriculture in Tanzania

Location: Arusha Region, Northern Tanzania

The Eotulelo Farmer Field School participants increased yields dramatically and improved resource management through erosion-control technologies, sustainability measures, improved cattle and goat sheds, fodder planting, and new income sources.

How Climate Change Efforts by Developed Countries are Hurting Africa’s Rural Poor

In recent years there has been significant movement toward land acquisition in developing countries to establish forestry plantations for offsetting carbon pollution elsewhere in the world. This is often referred to as land grabbing.

These carbon trading initiatives work on the basis that forestry plantations absorb carbon dioxide and other polluting greenhouse gases. This helps to undo the environmental damage associated with modern western lifestyles.

The Growing Case Against the G8’s ‘Responsible Investors’

The multibillion-dollar New Alliance initiative which promises to transform the continent’s food systems is facing rising opposition from African farmers. 

Based in the Morogoro region of Tanzania, Kilombero Plantations Limited (KPL) operates a 5,800 hectare rice plantation and buys produce from local farmers. It has recently become East Africa’s primary rice producer.

Kritikk Av Plantasjedrift Gir Steile Fronter

Den norske støtten til en kjempeplantasje i Kilombero i Tanzania får kritikk i ny rapport. Kritikerne mener det bør satses mer på småbønder enn store plantasjer. – Denne rapporten bidrar til mer polarisering av debatten rundt investeringer i afrikansk landbruk, mener forsker.

I en rapport fra den amerikanske tenketanken Oakland Institute og organisasjonene Greenpeace Africa og Global Justice Now kritiseres risplantasjen Kilombero Plantations Ltd (KPL) i Tanzania. I rapporten hevdes det at:

Q&A: Tanzania's Leading Rice Farmer, KPL, Setting the Pace

CARTER COLEMAN is the Founder and CEO of Kilombero Plantation Limited (KPL), Tanzania’s leading rice producer. The 5,818-hectare farm is located in the Kilombero Valley, 450km from Dar es Salaam. Prior to starting AGRICA, Coleman founded the Tanzanian Forest Conservation Group, a non-profit entity focused on preserving local forests. In the following interview with SKYE LAWRENCE, he says the need for preserving the rainforest from encroaching villages became evident to him during the two years he spent hang-gliding over the mountains -- and training falcons after he first came to Tanzania as a Rotary International Fellow in 1989. The Tanzanian Forest Conservation Group he formed has grown into a large NGO. Excerpts...

The U.K. is Privatizing Aid to the Developing World as Corporations Seek their Cut

In June, the U.K. became the first G7 nation to enshrine into law a 1970 UN target of allocating 0.7% of gross national income to international aid. Although the U.K. only met the target for the first time last year, the new law means that all future British governments are legally obliged to meet it.