From June 5-16, 2017, Landesa and the Land Portal will co-facilitate a dialogue through which a variety of stakeholders will contribute to discussion on the principles and practices of land-based investments, with a focus on the Tanzanian context. This is intended as part of the broader conversation on responsible investment in land principles, guidelines and practices that has proliferated since, at least, the 2009 food crisis and subsequent ‘land grabs’ that swept the global south. This discussion is intended to bring to the fore a grounded perspective on a conversation and debate that often remains in the conceptual or abstract. The Tanzanian context is particularly relevant because of the government’s interest to increase agricultural investment and revise the current National Land Policy with the process underway, which, among other topics, has implications for decision-making processes around land-based investments.
Read the dialogue posts and participate here.
Engaging both Tanzanian stakeholders and global experts, the conversation has two primary objectives. The first is to increase awareness about investment practices in Tanzania and empower the voices from within Tanzania to discuss the realities of trying to improve responsible investment practices in Tanzania: What is government doing that is facilitating better practices? What can, should, and are companies doing to improve their investment practices and to bring about more equitable investment projects? What role can civil society and the global community play to improve investment practices and ensure that communities are more equitable business partners and beneficiaries? The second is to facilitate dialogue amongst, and improve the understanding of global experts and practitioners who are designing and/or advocating for more responsible investment practices in the region and globally: What gaps persist between principles and on the ground realities, and can those be overcome? What can the global community do to continue generating awareness, strengthening stakeholders’ capacity, and improving incentives for socially responsible land investments? The discussion will therefore aim to generate and capture knowledge that often leaves out or is inaccessible to different stakeholder groups. This is expected to increase understanding among different stakeholders, improve analyses, and generate recommendations for the advancement of responsible land investments.