The Tanzanian government is pushing hard for the promotion of agricultural development through public-private partnerships in a plan called Kilimo Kwanza, or Agriculture First. The project involves the leasing of 800,000 acres of land in Tanzania to AgriSol Energy LLC, an Iowa-based company, and the eviction of 160,000 residents of this land.
A report called “Lives on Hold” by AW partner the Oakland Institute exposes the consequences of the Agriculture First plan, and also depicts how the relocation of Tanzanians will happen. Iowa State University has already withdrawn its support and involvement in Agriculture First in February of this year due to growing public pressure.
Read more about Agriculture First, as well as the report by the Oakland Institute here: