14 November 2017

Proposed Tanzanian Land Policy addresses some shortcomings

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Tanzania is in the process of revising its land policy, which guides land tenure management and land-based investments in the country. The draft National Land Policy of 2016 attempts to address the core problems related to poor coordination and implementation of the earlier Land Policy of 1995. However, the proposed policy still has significant shortcomings, not least the diversion of land resources away from small producers in favour of medium and large producers and insufficient protection of vulnerable groups. 

In this new DIIS Working Paper, PLAAS researcher Emmanuel Sulle analyses the new draft Land Policy in light of the existing legal and institutional framework. He argues that the current reform is likely to be successful if the process becomes more inclusive, prioritizes small local producers, and addresses issues of inequality and ethnic and class-based struggles over land in the country. Emmanuel is part of the ‘Hierarchies of Right, land and natural resource investment in Africa research programme based at Roskilde University Centre, which is undertaken in partnership with DIIS. 

Read the working paper here.