Nampula civil society rejects Japan-Mozambique accord, demands response to open letter on ProSAVANA

Our country has followed the visit of Japan’s Prime Minister, Mr. Shinzo Abe, on 11-12 January 2014 (Saturday and Sunday), as covered by the media, which culminated in the announcement of the extension of a line of credit of USD 672.000.000 (six hundred and seventy two million American dollars) for infrastructure and agriculture development projects.In return, the Prime Minister of Japan asked the Mozambican Government to support Japanese private sector investments. The two statesmen praised the ProSAVANA agriculture development programme in the Nacala Corridor.

However, in our opinion, this vision of ProSAVANA clashes with the vision expressed by peasants’ associations from the Nacala Corridor affiliated with UNAC, civil society organizations and scholars from different fields, who have systematically voiced serious concern and distress regarding the consequences of this programme, which has grave implications for security of land tenure, food sovereignty and nutritional security, cultural integrity of the local communities and negative impacts on the environment and for the future generations…

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