Since 2018, Landesa Tanzania has conducted a youth land rights assessment, published a policy brief on youth land rights, published two blogs on youth land rights, developed a training manual on youth land rights, and built the capacity of over 1,000 youth on land rights.
Most recently, Landesa Tanzania, in collaboration with PELUM Tanzania and Mufindi District Council, supported land use planning and the issuance of Certificates of Customary Rights of Occupancy (CCROs) in two villages of Ikongosi and Ikongosi Juu. A total of 2,128 CCROs were issued in which 1,000 (47%) women and 409 (19%) youth benefited respectively.
Now more than ever, there is momentum and opportunity to advance youth land rights in Tanzania. The government of Tanzania has recently developed and launched a strategy to engage youth in agriculture called Building a Better Tomorrow: Youth Initiative for Agribusinesses. The Ministry of Agriculture has identified poor access to land as one of the challenges affecting youth, which the strategy is set to address.
To tap the potential of the country’s agriculture sector, in July 2022 the Ministry of Agriculture launched the largest block farm (11,453 acres) in Dodoma, anticipated to generate more employment opportunities for youth through access to land. Two additional farms with 3,560 acres and 8,000 acres respectively are expected to be launched in Dodoma soon, and many other regions in the country will follow.