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 Mr. Emmanuel Sulle

Position: Researcher
Department: Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS)
Faculty: Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
Qualifications: Masters of Public Policy, University of Maryland
BA in Economics, Saint Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT)
Tel: +27-(0)21-959-3750
Fax: 021 959 9736


 mmanuel Sulle joined PLAAS as a Researcher in January 2013. Prior to this appointment he was a Graduate Assistant at the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, where he investigated the most viable policy options for sustainable business models for biofuels investments in Tanzania. He also researched the national tax regime on tourism investments occurring in communal land in northern Tanzania to establish enabling policy for rural communities to accrue sufficient benefit from these investments.

At the moment Sulle is working on two major research projects covering a number of Southern African countries to examine the impacts of large-scale farming and the institutional arrangements pertaining to land deals. His current research interests lie in exploring viable agricultural business models, land tenure and rural livelihoods. Sulle uses his background in Public Policy and extensive field research in Tanzania to understand best policy options for sustainable agricultural investments.

Contemporary research indicates the increased desire for food and energy production among rural small-holders. However, policy makers have contested arguments about the results of these investments to different actors. Sulle’s research seeks to influence institutional frameworks for different undertakings in different contexts and economic sectors, and create inclusive business models that fairly redistribute benefits, costs and risks to enable sustainable development. In deepening his knowledge on these aspects, Sulle is now doing his PhD on Land and Agrarian Studies at UWC.


  1. Sulle, E., Paradza, G., 2015. Agrarian struggles over resources: Insights from two sugarcane plantations in Mozambique, in: Africa’s Land Rush: Implications for Rural Livelihoods and Agrarian Change. James Currey, Oxford.
  2. Sulle, E., 2015. The biofuels boom and bust in Africa: a timely lesson for the New Alliance initiative (FAC Policy Brief No. 80). Future Agricultures Consortium, Brighton, Sussex.
  3. Sulle, E., Smalley, R., 2015a. The State and foreign capital in agricultural commercialization in Tanzania: the case of Kilombero Sugar Company, in: Africa’s Land Rush: Implications for Rural Livelihoods and Agrarian Change. James Currey, Oxford.
  4. Sulle, E., Smalley, R., 2015b. Study of sugarcane outgrowing at Kilombero: Stakeholder feedback report. (Occasional paper). Future Agricultures, Brighton, Sussex.
  5. Locher, M., Sulle, E., 2014. Challenges and methodological flaws in reporting the global land rush: observations from Tanzania. Journal of Peasant Studies 41, 569–592. doi:10.1080/03066150.2014.919263
  6. Sulle, E., 2014. Land Use Change in MAPS. Briefings: Forum on Development and  Mitigation, Provocateur briefings.
  7. Sulle, E., Hall, R., Paradza, G., 2014a. Inclusive business models in agriculture? Learning from smallholder cane growers in Mozambique (FAC Policy Brief No. 66). Future Agricultures Consortium & Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, Brighton, Sussex.
  8. Sulle, E., Smalley, R., Malale, L., 2014b. Opportunities and Challenges in Tanzania’s Sugar Industry: Lessons for SAGCOT and the New Alliance (FAC Policy Brief No. 76). Future Agricultures Consortium & Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, Brighton, Sussex.
  9. Sulle, E., Banka, H., Ntalwila, J., 2014. Wildlife tourism experiences: Case studies from rural Tanzania in Rural Tourism, in: Dashper, K. (Ed.), Rural Tourism: An International Perspective. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Cambridge.
  10. Sulle, E., Dancer, H., 2015. Gender implications of agricultural commercialisation: the case of sugarcane production in Kilombero District, Tanzania (Working paper No. 118). Future Agricultures Consortium, Brighton, Sussex.
  11. Sulle, E., Hall, R., 2014. International and regional guidelines on land governance and land-based investments: An agenda for African states (FAC Policy Brief No. 77). Future Agricultures Consortium & Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, Brighton, Sussex.
  12. Sulle, E., Hall, R., 2013. Reframing the New Alliance Agenda: A Critical Assessment based on Insights from Tanzania (Policy Brief No. 56). Future Agricultures Consortium, Nairobi.
  13. Locher, M., & Sulle, E. (2013). Foreign land deals in Tanzania:  An update and a critical view on the challenges of data (re)production (Working Paper No. 31). Bellville: Land Deal Politics Initiative.
  14. Hultman, N. E., Sulle, E. B., Ramig, C. W., & Sykora-Bodie, S. (2012). Biofuels Investments in Tanzania Policy Options for Sustainable Business Models. The Journal of Environment & Development, 21(3), 339–361.
  15. Nelson, F., Sulle, E., & Lekaita, E. (2012). Land Grabbing and Political Transformation in Tanzania. Presented at the Global Land Grabbing II, Ithaca, New York: Land Deal Politics Initiative.
  16. Sulle, E., Lektita, E., & Nelson, F. (2011). From Promise to Performance? Wildlife Management Areas in Northern Tanzania (Research Summary). Tanzania: Tanzania Natural Resource Forum.
  17. Snyder, K. A., Sulle, E. B. (2011) Tourism in Maasai communities: a chance to improve livelihoods?Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 19(8), 935–951.,>
  18. Sulle, E. (2010): A Hybrid Business Model: The Case of Sugarcane Producers in Tanzania, in Cotula, L. and Leonard, R. 2010, Alternative to Land Acquisitions: Agricultural Investment and Collaborative Business Models. IIED, London.
  19. Sulle, E. (2009, April 28). Biofuels, Land Tenure and Rural Livelihoods in Tanzania. Workshop presented at the Energy, Ecosystems and Livelihoods in Eastern and  Southern Africa Workshop, Pretoria, South Africa.
  20. Vermeulen, S., Sulle, E., & Fauveaud, S. (2009). Biofuels in Africa: growing small-scale opportunities(Briefing Paper). London: IIED.
  21. Sulle, E., & Nelson, F. (2009). Biofuels, land access and rural livelihoods in Tanzania. London: IIED.
  22. Nelson, F., Sulle, E., & Ndoipo, P. (2006). Wildlife Management Areas in Tanzania(A Status Report and Interim Evaluation prepared for the Tanzania Natural Resource Forum). Tanzania: Tanzania Natural Resource Forum




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