Thesis Presentation

Mr Lusasi preseTitle: Land Acquisition for tree planting by Domestic Investors and Impacts on Rural Communities: The case of Southern Highlands, Tanzania CSSH Board Meeting



Mr. Justin Lusasi left  (PhD student) administering a questionnaire to one of respondents (Mr. Francis Lyungu),meanwhile taking all the precautions against the Covid-19 Pandemic in Matembwe village, Njombe District.

Justin E. Lusasi

Local treatment of timbers

Local treatment of  timbers being undertaken by some of traders at Kambarage Open Market in Njomber Region in the struggle towards value addition to their forest products.


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A meeting held for sharing progress reports from different Research Teams within the Timber Rush Project

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Annual Conference of the Timber Rush Project held on 10th December, 2019 at VETA, Iringa

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A group photo of participants to the Timber Rush Annual Conference held at VETA Conference Hall in Iringa Region (December 10, 2019).

Prof Mwaseba

 Prof. Dismas Mwaseba giving some welcoming remarks at the Timber Rush Annual Conference held o December 10th, 2019 at VETA in Iringa Region

Prof Mdoe

Prof. N.S.Y. Mdoe (Far right-hand side) with Mr. Justin Lusasi (extreme left) and Mr. Respikius Martin (at the Centre clarifying matters during the Plenary Session of the Conference.


Mr. Justin Lusasi, a PhD candidate sponsored by the Timber Rush Project, gave a presentation on his manuscript titled ““Why is my father is treating me like that?” Discrimination of women in accessing family lands in the Southern Highlands Tanzania”.

Villages without villagers


Land has been a bait for rich urban dwellers to invest in tree planting activities. In this way, land has been sold extravagantly with or without legitimate procedures. Some people have sold all land and lack plots for crop production, making them the hungry families, says PhD. student Justin Lusasi when explaning the importance of his work in the Timber Rush project.

- To many Tanzanians land is life, an asset, a natural resource, which even a poor family can rely on for survival and sustainable life. It is important to understand, monitor and moderate land business between villagers and tree planting domestic investors to avoid adverse impacts of land scarcity to local communities, says Justin Lusasi and talks about the ultimate risk of village land used for plantations to the extend where villagers no longer find a living in the villages. The landuse will change and some of the villagers will move.



The rules of the game

Governance of the value chain is the subject of this PhD. project. It looks at the power relationships between the actors along the value chain and how these relationships influence access to benefits

Governance encompasses both state/government regulations and market governance. Regarding state regulations, I am trying to understand how various actors interact with the regulations and how the regulations affect their income. Regarding market governance, the structure of the market and how it affects the actors is explored, explains Respikius Martin of his PhD study.

- The central point for both cases is the issue of power relationships among and between actors. Mapping power relationships along the value chain helps to categorize actors according to their power and how power is used. It is acknowledged that power asymmetry along the chain does not foster equitable distribution of benefits. Therefore, the exercise of power mapping is important for the identification of leverage points for intervention, says Respikius Martin.

Respikius Martin is a PhD student at Sokoine University of Agriculture and the University of Copenhagen and his studies is sponsored by the Timber Rush Project, run by the universities of Sokoine and Copenhagen and the Danish Institute of International Studies.