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A member of the National Peasant's Union (UNAC) walking along the Nacala Corridor rail line, in Mecubúri District,
Nampula Province, June 2012. ProSavana can be summed up in this simple equation: Mozambique supplies the
land, Brazil does the farming and Japan takes the food. It is a vast project being coordinated by the governments of
the three countries that involves billions of dollars and millions of hectares of land. It may amount to the biggest
farmland grab in Africa.
Maps from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) showing how the Nacala Corridor and Brazilian cerrado
are at the same latitude. The promoters of the ProSavana project say that they want to recreate Brazil's experience
with the development of large-scale, industrial farming in the Brazilian cerrado. They say that the cerrado and the
Nacala Corridor are both tropical savannah areas that are very similar, and that there is enormous potential in the
Nacala Corridor for even cheaper, export production of agricultural commodities like soybeans, maize and cotton.
Nacala Corridor




In this map, the areas in green and yellow indicate the land available for agriculture that is not already under
production in the Nacala Corridor. The data was compiled by Jacinto Mafalacusser and Dr. Mario Ruy Marques
of the Instituto de Investigação Agrária de Moçambique (IIAM).
"This is where my family is and I won't give up my lands. Where will I go if they take my lands?" On June 22, 2012,
peasants gathered in Namina, Mecubúri District, Nampula to meet with representatives from La Via Campesina and
GRAIN. It was the first time they had heard about the ProSavana project, even though their lands are direclty within the
targetted area. The peasants explained that they are already battling a Norwegian company, Green Resources, which
has grabbed 126,000 ha in the area for forestry plantations wthout their consent.
On October 11, 2012, local leaders from the National Peasants' Union (UNAC) met in Nampula City to
discuss ProSavana. This was the first time the peasant leaders from the areas affected by the ProSavana
project had met to discuss it, and for many, it was the first time that they had received any information about
what is involved. In a declaration from the meeting, the participants say they "are extremely concerned that
ProSavana requires millions of hectares of land along the Nacala Corridor, when the local reality shows that
such vast areas of land are not available and are currently used by peasants practicing shifting cultivation."

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ProSavana landgrab

  • 1. A member of the National Peasant's Union (UNAC) walking along the Nacala Corridor rail line, in Mecubúri District, Nampula Province, June 2012. ProSavana can be summed up in this simple equation: Mozambique supplies the land, Brazil does the farming and Japan takes the food. It is a vast project being coordinated by the governments of the three countries that involves billions of dollars and millions of hectares of land. It may amount to the biggest farmland grab in Africa.
  • 2. Maps from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) showing how the Nacala Corridor and Brazilian cerrado are at the same latitude. The promoters of the ProSavana project say that they want to recreate Brazil's experience with the development of large-scale, industrial farming in the Brazilian cerrado. They say that the cerrado and the Nacala Corridor are both tropical savannah areas that are very similar, and that there is enormous potential in the Nacala Corridor for even cheaper, export production of agricultural commodities like soybeans, maize and cotton.
  • 3. Nacala Corridor In this map, the areas in green and yellow indicate the land available for agriculture that is not already under production in the Nacala Corridor. The data was compiled by Jacinto Mafalacusser and Dr. Mario Ruy Marques of the Instituto de Investigação Agrária de Moçambique (IIAM).
  • 4. "This is where my family is and I won't give up my lands. Where will I go if they take my lands?" On June 22, 2012, peasants gathered in Namina, Mecubúri District, Nampula to meet with representatives from La Via Campesina and GRAIN. It was the first time they had heard about the ProSavana project, even though their lands are direclty within the targetted area. The peasants explained that they are already battling a Norwegian company, Green Resources, which has grabbed 126,000 ha in the area for forestry plantations wthout their consent.
  • 5. On October 11, 2012, local leaders from the National Peasants' Union (UNAC) met in Nampula City to discuss ProSavana. This was the first time the peasant leaders from the areas affected by the ProSavana project had met to discuss it, and for many, it was the first time that they had received any information about what is involved. In a declaration from the meeting, the participants say they "are extremely concerned that ProSavana requires millions of hectares of land along the Nacala Corridor, when the local reality shows that such vast areas of land are not available and are currently used by peasants practicing shifting cultivation."