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Supporters of Tanzania Presidential candidate of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) John Pombe Magufuli celebrate after he was declared the winner of the presidential election, in Dar es Salaam, October 29, 2015. REUTERS/Emmanuel Herman

Author: Kizito Makoye | @kizmakoye 
Date: June 1st, 2016
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Tanzania has begun a nationwide programme to seize land left undeveloped by investors and return it to poor farmers, in a bid to quell conflicts between farmers, herders and developers.

For more than a decade, foreign investors have bought up large tracts of land for agriculture or for energy projects, but many have left the land unused.

Brazilian badminton players Lohaynny Vicente (L), 20, and her sister Luana Vicente, 22, play badminton on the roof of a house in Chacrinha favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 4, 2016. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Author: Matthew Ponsford
Date: May 27th, 2016

Award-winning Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena wants city governments worldwide to stop fighting urban migration and look to Latin America's sprawling slums as inspiration for new housing.

The winner of the 2016 Pritzker, regarded as the Nobel Prize of architecture, Aravena says the vast 'favelas' in cities such as Rio de Janeiro highlight human resilience and the instinctive capacity for home-building.


Author: Saw Tun Lin
Date: May 29th, 2016
Source: Karen News

Karen National Union leaders has called for respective state and regional governments to recognized land rights and policies that are already in place for decades in ethnic areas and agreed to by both ethnic communities and armed groups.

South Africa

By: Joe Brock

Date: May 26th 2016

Source: Reuters Africa

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's parliament on Thursday approved a bill allowing state expropriations of land to redress racial disparities in land ownership, an emotive issue two decades after the end of apartheid.

Most of South Africa's land remains in white hands and many commercial and small-scale farmers are currently facing tough times because of the worst drought in at least a century.