AFP | 7 December 2015
By Adrien Barbier
Hundreds of small farmers in northern Mozambique have been evicted since 2013 to make way for a mega farm that will produce the soybeans for feed for chickens
Mutuali (Mozambique) (AFP) – Immense reserves of gas and coal in northern Mozambique have attracted foreign investors in recent years, but so has its fertile soil, much to the concern of small farmers displaced by agricultural mega-projects.
For the purchase of her house and two hectares (five acres) of fields, Regina Macomba, a farmer in her 50s, received 6,500 meticals. That is the equivalent of 130 euros ($140) or two months of the minimum wage.
But she did not have a choice about whether to sell.
Agromoz, a joint venture between the Amorim Group owned by Portugal’s wealthiest family and Intelec, a company owned by former Mozambican president Armando Guebuza (2005-2015), had obtained a government concession in 2012 to farm soybeans on 10,000 hectares in the remote area near the border with Malawi.
Hundreds of others have also been evicted since 2013 to make way for the mega farm that will produce the soybeans for feed for chickens.