Farmers in Mozambique fear Brazilian-style agriculture

IPS | 28 December 2013

Photo: União Nacional de Camponeses

Farmers in Mozambique Fear Brazilian-Style Agriculture
By Amos Zacarias
NAMPULA, Mozambique , Dec 28 2013 (IPS) – Rodolfo Razão, an elderly small farmer in Mozambique, obtained an official land usage certificate for his 10 hectares in 2010, but he has only been able to use seven. The rest was occupied by a South African company that grows soy, maize and beans on some 10,000 hectares in the northeast of the country.
He got nowhere filing a complaint with the authorities in the district of Monapo, where he lives, in the province of Nampula. And at the age of 78, he can’t wait much longer.
Brígida Mohamad, a 50-year-old widow, is worried about one of her seven children, whose land was also invaded by a company…

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