AgriSol Tanzania | Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a land grab?

Our project is not a land grab. According to the International Land Coalition a transaction is a “land grab” if it:

1. Violates human rights, especially the rights of women;
2. Is conducted without free and informed consent;
3. Fails to provide a proper environmental impact assessment;
4. Is not transparently negotiated; and
5. Does not have meaningful and continuing oversight. Read More...

Will anyone be displaced by your farms?

No one will be displaced by our farms.

Our current plans are for unoccupied land in Kigoma, at Lugufu and at a second, smaller location near Basanza village. As has been widely reported in the media, we have had discussions with our government about developing farms at Katumba and Mishamo in the future. Read More...

Have you consulted with communities near your farms?

Yes. AgriSol is proud of its extensive consultations with the community as we developed our projects in Tanzania. We conducted many public meetings over the years, many of which have been covered in the press, and we have had innumerable meetings with district, regional and government officials as well as university professors, business and community leaders and others to discuss our project. Read More...

What compensation are you paying for the land?

In Tanzania, all land is owned by the state. The Government then leases it to individuals and companies at a rate set by statute. Read More...

Will your project create jobs for local farmers and other citizens?

Yes. Jobs will be developed in numerous places: Read More...

Is there a ban on food exports from Tanzania?

There was a temporary ban on food exports, but it has been lifted. Food security does not exist in a vacuum. Tanzania is interconnected, both by necessity and choice, with the larger regional market. Small farmers benefit from this connection, but it comes with a risk. Drought and famine in one part of the region can lead to scarcity in another. Such scarcity is market-driven and unrelated to the weather or domestic events. Read More...

Does your project include ethanol?

No. Our plan is to grow food. The original plans included some ethanol production. However, through ongoing negotiations with Government officials and consultations with experts in Tanzania, our plans evolved and changed. Read More...