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Lives on Hold
AgriSol's Land Deal in Tanzania Creates an Uncertain Future for More than 160,000 People
In June 2011, the Oakland Institute (OI) released details of the largest land deal in Tanzania, which had been hidden away from public scrutiny prior to that and obscured from national debate and discussion. The deal involved Iowa-based Summit Group and the Global Agriculture Fund of the Pharos Financial Group working in partnership with AgriSol Energy LLC and Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
For Immediate Release--July 9, 2012
World Bank's infrastructure approach under increased scrutiny
As the G20 and the World Bank continue their push for increased investment in large-scale public-private led infrastructure projects, further scrutiny of the Bank’s track record puts its strategy in question.
Contributed by Zachary A. Lomo, St. Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge.
Copyright by and reproduced with permission from Devon Peña, Professor of Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle WA.
The relationship between Iowa State University and AgriSol Energy, as revealed in more than 400 emails recently obtained by the Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request, raises fundamental questions about transparency of public institutions and the meaning of public-private partnerships.
An independent watchdog is piling pressure on the United States government to intervene in a deal whereby by US agribusiness corporation AgriSol Energy LLC is taking over 800,000 acres of land in Tanzania’s western Rukwa region.
The deal could see the eviction of 160,000 households who have been living on the land for over 40 years.