In August 2015, the Ministry of Land, Housing and Human Settlement Development (MLHHSD) initiated a review on the Land policy, which had been in place for 21 years.
From August 2015 to November 2016, consultative meetings were organised at various levels within the Ministry whereby between April-May 2016 the drafting committee engaged various actors across 8 zones to get their opinions. This followed drafting the Land Policy 2016 between July-November 2016.
The stakeholders consultation meeting was held in Morogoro from 21st to 24th November 2016, which was attended by various groups. On 23rd November government institutions, local government authorities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), CSOs, Faith based Organizations (FBOs), financial and higher level and institutions discussed and provided recommendations on the draft land policy. The Permanent Secretary for the MLHHSD, Dr. Yamungu Kayandabila, officially opened the meeting. In his opening remarks he stressed that Land shall benefit all ordinary citizens of Tanzania.
In this meeting the Land Policy drafting team presented on the draft land policy which was discussed by the stakeholders. The participants outlined new areas with reference to hunter-gatherers, pastoralism, mining rights and foreign investors rights to land ownership among others. The participants also waived various recommendations.