30 Dec '11, 4pm

Another Shady Land Deal in Africa, This One Assisted By the U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania

Another Shady Land Deal in Africa, This One Assisted By the U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania

Trees ForTheFuture /CC BY 1.0 Tree-planting in Mayange Village near Kigoma, Tanzania, where thousands of people would be displaced—some of them refugees from Burundi with over 40 years of established lives, according to the Oakland Institute. The Oakland Institute —the think tank that revealed the connection this summer between Ivy League universities and land grabs in Africa —is now voicing concern about the support the U.S. ambassador to Tanzania is lending to a land deal in that country that would displace more than 160,000 people. Displacing Refugee Populations with Unsustainable Agriculture According to the Oakland Institute [PDF], the stated goal of the project is to commercially develop a site—which encompasses lands that have served as refugee resettlement areas since 1972—for large-scale crop cultivation, beef, and poultry production, and biofuel production. The i...

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