Tanzania—Feed the Future Tanzania Land Tenure Assistance (LTA)

Client: U.S. Agency for International Development

Duration: 2015-2019

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Country: Tanzania

Solutions: Economic Growth Environment and Energy Governance

Smallholder land registrations under the Village Land Act in Tanzania are of considerable importance in protecting local land rights. Since passing the Act in 1999, the process of registration has moved slowly. Procedures need to be low cost simple and efficient, and future transactions must be supported and the registers maintained. Under the LTA program, DAI will combine an existing tool for mapping smallholdings—Mobile Application to Secure Tenure (MAST), which the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has piloted in Tanzania—with our expertise in scaling up and linking to a low-cost land registry tool Technical Register Under Social Tenure (TRUST), that DAI will develop at local levels.

MAST is one of a number of tools that USAID is developing with a view to being adopted in future programs.

The outcome of LTA—a low-cost, participatory land registration process based in Iringa—will transform the way land rights are managed in Tanzania, with the potential for adaptation and use elsewhere.

Sample Activities

  • Assist villages and district administrations in Kilombero and Iringa in understanding the laws and completing the land-use planning process and delivering Certificates of Customary Right of Occupancy.
  • Support capacity building of village and district land governance institutions.
  • Expand to Mbeya with similar programs to educate and build capacity of village land governance institutions, and of district-level land governance in Mbeya.
  • Building capacity to use the MAST application throughout Tanzania.


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