The embassy recently got a chance to visit Sagamaganga Village to see the results of th Land Tenure Support Programme (LTSP)
Many Tanzanians have lived on and cultivated the same land for generations, without having registration of ownership or legal right to it. Owning land increases opportunitiesfor men and women to make own decisions, take loans, make investments and develop agricultural methods.
Through the Land Tenure Support Programme, the Ministry of Land with support from Sweden/Sida, DFID and Danida, has worked with systematic adjudication of land parcels within the districts of Ulanga and Kilombero as a means of supporting a more transparent, efficient and better resourced land sector.
During a recent programme field visit we met Ester E Kasubili and Siza Amath Lyankula, two of the local champions from the CSO TAWLA (Tanzania Women Lawyers Association) who told us about their work with awareness raising and legal counselling regarding women’s rights to own land in Sagamaganga Village. The program has contributed to a significant raise in the number of women that now own or co-own land in the region, a great step forward when working with women empowerment and gender equality.