The Mama Misitu Campaign delivered comprehensive training program on Investigative Journalism on forestry to journalists in Southern Tanzania. This training was conducted at Lindi Municipality from 06th to 11th July as part of capacity building to the journalists to investigate and report various problems and best practices facing the forestry sector in Southern Tanzania This innovative training gathered participants from Ruvuma, Mtwara and Lindi regions. A total of 17 journalists were trained from different media platforms including IPP, Clouds, Mwananchi, Radio Maria, Business Times and other local radio such as Pride FM and Ruangwa FM.

Gwamaka Mwakyanjala: MMC Manager

Video clip by: Fatuma Maumba

In order to improve journalist’s skills to report on forestry issues, the program offers field-learning experience to journalists to visit forests adjacent communities in their districts to undertake detailed investigations and write well-researched articles under the mentorship of skilled media experts and the Mama Misitu. 

The campaign expects that, trained journalists will develop interest to writing well-researched features and documentaries during and after the Mama Misitu implementation. Articles, documentaries and news spot produced by journalists will generate public debate on the need for improved forestry sector governance in Tanzania.


Pastoralist / Indigenous UPR Thematic Group Meeting 6th July 2015

About the Indigenous / Pastoralist Thematic Group

Pastoralism is defined by a high reliance on livestock as a source of economic and social wellbeing, and various types of strategic mobility to access water and grazing resources in areas of high rainfall variability.  Pastoral sector is one of the very vital sectors in the country. This is due to the fact that a number of people are employed in this sector. Apart from that pastoral sector plays significant role in economic growth.

In conformity with the criteria set out by the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights’ as well as the United Nations, the indigenous peoples of the United Republic of Tanzania include the Maasai, the Barbaig, Akie, Taturu and Hadzabe

UPR – General Introduction

The UPR is a unique State-driven process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The ultimate aim of this mechanism is to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur. Tanzania - UN Member state - underwent the first cycle of the UPR on 3rd October 2011. The state considered all 153 recommendations, accepted 107 in full, 33 in part and the remaining 4 were referred for further consideration or rejected.

6 July 2015 - 8:00am
Sg Resort Arusha

Mkutano wa wadau wa ufugaji asili na sheria namba 5 ya ardhi ya vijiji

TAPHGO wameandaa mkutano na wadau mbalimbali kama CEDESOTA, PINGOs na wadau wengine wanaojihusisha  na ufugaji asilia kujadili sheria namba 5 (1999) ya ardhi ya vijiji. Mkutano huo umefanyika tarehe 1 / 7/ 2015 Equator Hotel, Arusha.  Lengo la ufugaji asilia ni kuongeza pato la taifa na kukidhi maisha ya wafugaji.

Kulingana na sheria ya ardhi iliopo kuna baadhi ya vipengele ambavyo wadau hao wameona vinahitaji marekebisho na maboresho kwa sababu vina mapungufu. Pia kuna zingine za kuongeza ivo wameandaa hoja za msingi na kwa pamoja wamechambua na watawasilisha kwa serikali kwa ajili ya mapitio ili iweze kusaidia kwenye kuboresha sheria ya ardhi.


Gender and Accountability Issues in Large-Scale Agricultural Investments: A call for more Discussion

Godfrey Eliseus Massay – LBI Coordinator at TNRF, June 2015

I read with great interest a recent paper by Helen Dancer and Emmanuel Sulle on “Gender Implications of Agricultural Commercialisation: the Case of Sugarcane Production in Kilombero District, Tanzania”. In their paper they highlightsome literature on gender and commercial agricultural investments, the policy and legal framework governing investments and the extent to which gender is mainstreamed across board, and the specific gender implications in different models of large-scale agricultural investments.


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