On World Food Day, farmers, pastoralists and activists gathered in Dar es Salaam, the Tanzanian capital, to raise awareness of how “land grabbing” is undermining food security in the country. Hundreds of thousands of hectares of land have been acquired by foreign companies to produce agrofuels to export – which is then used, among other things, for fuelling cars. Meanwhile, 38 percent of Tanzanian five year olds are stunted due to poor nutrition.
Small farmers and pastoralists affected by this land grabbing told how they have lost fertile land for food production, and how companies have failed to keep promises to support the local communities. The people affected are seldom consulted or involved in the decision making. Watch a short video of the day’s events here – Feed people, not cars!