NHK World video report looks at Itochu's efforts to grow soybeans for export in Mozambique in collaboration with JICA.
Mozambique’s President Armando Guebuza has rebuffed allegations that land-grabbing has taken place along the Nacala Corridor under the Japanese and Brazilian-supported ProSavana agriculture project in the north of the country.
- Southern Times
10 Jun 2013
TBS News visits Mozambique to look into why farmers are opposed to Japan's agricultural development programme with Brazil.
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.
Mozambican Minister suggests "illiterate" farmers were not behind letter to President denouncing trilateral agribusiness project backed by Japan and Brazil.
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.
Farmers in Mozambique are calling on the governments of Japan, Brazil and Mozambique to halt a project aimed at supporting agricultural development there, saying it will result in land grabs.
Os signatárias desta Carta Aberta dirigem-se à chefes de Governo de Moçambique, Brasil e Japão para requerer que mandem tomar todas as medidas necessárias para suspensão imediata de todas as acções e projectos em curso nas savanas tropicais do Corredor de Nacala.
Mozambican peasants union and large number of national and international groups call on heads of state of Mozambique, Japan and Brazil to immediately suspend the ProSavana agribusiness project.
Translation of an interview given by the coordinator of the consulting firm responsible for developing the ProSavana master plan and coordinating private sector investment.