Peasant farmers in Mozambique facing colonial-style scramble for land

Courtesy of GRAIN.orgA study published by GRAIN.org details the struggles faced by peasants in northern Mozambique as governments and foreign companies dash to accumulate land for large scale agribusiness projects.

 

“The result is that small farmers and pastoralists from across Africa are under increasing pressure from governments and companies to give up their lands and water resources. According to a 2010 World Bank report, more than 70% of the large scale agricultural land acquisitions that have occurred in the world over the past decade have been in sub-Saharan Africa, especially in Ethiopia, Sudan and Mozambique.”

 

Despite promises to the contrary, a number of foreign companies, some in tandem with local businesses linked to Mozambique’s ruling FRELIMO party, have already amassed large regions of farmland while pushing out thousands of peasant families.

 

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