Christine Noe, Lecturer (Human Geograohy) , Department of Geography, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. P.O Box 35049, Dar es Salaam.
Research on Land-grabbing:
Land deals without land owners: minerals and wildlife in Mbarabg’andu community wildlife area, Tanzania
The central issue for the proposed paper is to investigate and explain the nature and impacts of the land deal between two investors who are involved in hunting and mining in Mbarang’andu Community Wildlife Management Area, Tanzania. Although Mbarang’andu is supposedly a community land, and that the two land uses are incompatible, a deal was signed in 2007 that involves thousands of dollars as compensation for the disturbance caused by the mining activities on the side of the hunting company. Villagers are neither part of the deal nor do they have control over any activities going on in the area. The paper will engage with key questions that arise from this background including; what future holds for the rural poor whose land is continuously converted into protected areas but later made available for investors who can reallocate rights among themselves and their successors? What constrains community participation in such land deals in Tanzania and elsewhere in Africa?