Topic: The Impact of Land Grabbing in Tanzania; and National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month. Today Africa Now! continues to focus on a topic which the show has periodically dealt with: that is the land grabbing in the African World. Following the 2007-2008 world food crisis vast pieces of land were acquired by primarily foreign investors and speculators in the Global South for biofuel and food production. Africa has the highest percentage of land grabs with 70%. In today’s show Africa Now! spotlights the impact of land grabbing in Tanzania. A new report by ActionAid entitled Take Action: Stop EcoEnergy’s Land Grab in Bagamoyo, Tanzania states that “…communities in Tanzania are being forced off their land to make way for a large sugar cane plantation, as part of a billion dollar US-funded initiative called the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. …” The report reveals that “…1,300 people will lose their land or homes in the initial phase of the project, which will see Swedish-owned company EcoEnergy lease more than 20,000 hectares [about 50,000 acres] of land in the Tanzanian District of Bagamoyo. …” To dissect this issue, is Mr. Josaphat Mshighat of ActionAid in Tanzania. Also Africa Now! commemorates Jazz Appreciation Month with music from Hugh Masekela; and the show also spotlights National Poetry Month in the U.S. A segment of a discussion entitled “The Influence of Malcolm X on the Hip Hop Generation” with Abiodun Oyewole of the Last Poets at the Malcolm X Black Power Conference by the National Black United Front February 20-22, 2015 commemorates National Poetry Month.
Guest: Mr. Josaphat Mshighati is the Head of Programmes & Policy for ActionAid in Tanzania. Mr. Mshighati has 10 years of experience in development work with local & international organizations in governance, civil society strengthening, parliamentary engagements such as SNV, Oxfam GB & Sikika in Tanzania. For the UNDP in Liberia, worked on food security and nutrition, women’s economic empowerment, peace building, conflict transformation & youth development. Currently ActionAid Tanzania Mr. Mshighati works on land rights, tax justice and women’s rights.
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