January 25, 2017. Deputy Mission Director David Thompson and other staff from USAID joined Tanzanian Minister of Lands, Housing, and Human Settlements William Lukuvi and the Regional Secretariat for Iringa Region at a ceremony distributing certificates of customary rights of occupancy to villagers in Kinywang’anga. These certificates protect villagers’ land use rights so they can farm securely. For many women in particular who received certificates, this is the first time their right to land has been guaranteed through a legal process.
Kinywang’anga is the first village to receive assistance as part of the Feed the Future Land Tenure Assistance project, funded by USAID. The Feed the Future Land Tenure Assistance project will support approximately 41 communities and local government authorities in the Iringa and Mbeya Districts to clarify, document, and certify land ownership. Learn more here: https://www.land-links.org/project/feed-the-future-tanzania-land-tenure-assistance-activity/