|Three distinct zones in Nduruma: upland bananas, midland greenhouses, lowland fallow|
The paper describes the water struggles between local irrigation communities and horticultural companies in northern Tanzania, exploring how the larger debates on land grabbing and development play a role in this. Ultimately, it emphasises that water grabbing is not a one-time event, but rather an on-going struggle over different water resources. In addition, it shows how a perceived beneficial development of agribusinesses switching to groundwater allows them to avoid peasant-controlled institutions, avoiding further negotiation between the different actors and improving their image among neighbouring communities. This development illustrates how complex and obscured processes of water re-allocation can be without becoming illegal per se.
Reference: de Bont, C., Veldwisch, G., Komakech, H.C. and Vos, J. 2015. The fluid nature of water grabbing: the on-going contestation of water distribution between peasants and agribusinesses in Nduruma, Tanzania. Agriculture and Human Values, DOI: 10.1007/s10460-015-9644-5.