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US-Backed Agricultural Project in Tanzania Would Displace 160,000 People, Harm Environment, Report Finds

August 3, 2012
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In Tanzania, a land development project backed by a US-based company, could displace more than 160,000 local residents and threaten forest and wetlands in the region. That’s according to a report by the Oakland Institute, which has been tracking the Iowa-based Agrisol Energy and its plans to lease more than 800,000 acres. Agrisol has pledged to improve the local infrastructure and provide jobs, but The Oakland Institute says those pledges have not been carried out and the plan could have harmful effects for the people, wildlife and environment of the area.

For more, we’re joined by Anuradha Mittal, executive director of the Oakland Institute.

To read the full report: http://www.oaklandinstitute.org/land-deal-brief-lives-hold

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