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At first glance, there is much to like about Tanzania’s proposed draft National Land Policy 2016. It provides strong statements on equal access to land for both women and men and it has, for the first time in the history of Tanzania, recognized the rights of the most marginalized and indigenous communities, such as hunter-gatherers.

African women made history in October 2016 by being the first group of 29 women to climb to the rooftop of Africa – Mount Kilimanjaro – in a campaign to raise their voice about their land rights. The women undertook this symbolic journey and challenge to highlight the difficulties of securing land rights.

The expansion of sugar production in southern Africa has been dramatic. From its early beginnings in Natal to the huge commercial estates across the region established during the colonial era, new investments are being planned.

Informal food trade vital to traders' and consumers' livelihoods

With food prices at historic highs, The Economist proclaimed in 2007 that this portended ‘the end of cheap food’. But we are also seeing increasing concerns over the quality of the food we eat, and an emerging consensus that it is not very good for us. Is this perhaps this the end of an era of food that is both ‘cheap and nasty’?