Tvind is the only NGO to actually own large amounts of land in Africa. Large chunks of several African countries, in the form of plantations and farms, actually belong to the organisation, and they are often on highly fertile land.
Some of these are said to have been given to Tvind by grateful governments in recognition of support during the liberation struggle
Farmers often pay high rents, and Tvind controls the means of production, distribution and access to markets. It is hard to see how some of their aid projects differ from commercial plantations, with local people as the employees of European farmers.
Not for nothing has Tvind been accused of ‘white neo-colonialism’ in Africa…