Land-use Planning and Agricultural Investments in Tanzania
Mapping how agricultural investments affect farmers' access to land and exploring how land-use planning can help protect land rights
Rising domestic and foreign investment in commercial agriculture have put pressure on land in Tanzania, sometimes leading to conflicts among farmers, livestock keepers and investors. In response, Tanzania’s government has embarked on an ambitious project to create land-use plans for the entire country. Yet researchers know little about how public officials map and resolve multiple, conflicting claims to land. Ewan Robinson is working with the Land Rights Resources and Research Institute, a Tanzanian nonprofit, to understand how land-use plans are developed, and how these efforts affect women and men, as well as small-scale and large farms. This collaborative research will provide recommendations for policies that support the land rights of vulnerable groups.
- Graduate student: Ewan Robinson, development sociology
- Special committee chair: Wendy Wolford, Department of Development Sociology
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- Community partner: Land Rights Research and Resources Initiative (Haki Ardhi)
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