Today foreigners hold less than 2% of all agricultural land in the US. However, this share is growing as more foreign pension funds and others look to cash in on a boom in farmland values and commodity prices.
Dr. Sayaka Funada-Classen discusses the issue of “responsible research” and the ProSAVANA project in Mozambique in the context of the current post-Fukushima discussions in Japan and the work of the scholar Ruth First.
Augusto Mafigo, agricultor y sindicalista de Mozambique, dijo que los campesinos redoblaron sus protestas contra ProSabana porque temen que les haga perder sus pequeñas porciones de tierra cultivable cuando las compañías extranjeras se instalen.
Concerns mount among civil society groups that an agriculture project in Mozambique, which Tokyo is pushing through as one of its key projects in Africa, may end up depriving local farmers of their land.
With a view to reproducing in Mozambique Brazil’s success in transforming its “cerrado” region into arable land, ProSavana is expected to have a direct effect on 4 million Mozambicans living along the area of the Nacala Corridor.