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Media coverage:English Article on ProSAVANA and people's protest

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English articles on the ProSavana programme and people's protest.
=>http://mozambiquekaihatsu.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-29.html

1. The Japan Times(KYODO MAY 31, 2013)
"Mozambique farmers seek halt to aid project"->http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/05/31/national/mozambique-farmers-seek-halt-to-aid-project/#.UagW7tKpVSQ

"Farmers in Mozambique are calling on the governments of Japan, Brazil and Mozambique to halt a project aimed at supporting agricultural development there, saying it will result in land grabs.
Members of the National Peasants Union, known as UNAC, which represents peasants across Mozambique, and representatives of international nongovernmental organizations issued an open letter Wednesday that the ProSavana program is designed to facilitate foreign investment and will jeopardize the local production system based on family-run agriculture.”

Originaly published at the following site:
->http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2013/05/227493.html

Previous article also postedon the Japan Times, but only depend on the information provided by JICA. The name of the biggest farmers association in Mozambique who came to Japan to share their protest with the Japanese public was not mentioned, nor interviewed even by e-mail....It's clear that the problem wasn't rooted in "misunderstanding". Please read the above or following article.

"TICAD to redefine Japan aid to Africa:Decades-long economic slump means Tokyo has to change tack" BY JUN HONGO
->http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/05/09/national/ticad-to-redefine-japan-aid-to-africa/#.UahSotKpVSQ

"In February, farmers from Mozambique visited Japan and held news conferences to express concern over Tokyo’s assistance to the region. Some claimed that they feared losing their source of income once their land is used for massive production projects to generate global exports.
“There is some misunderstanding that needs to be resolved,” Sakaguchi said, explaining that projects like ProSavana will proceed with the utmost care for local farmers."

2. Kyodo News (June 3)
"Concern mounts over agriculture development plan in Mozambique"
->http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2013/06/228382.html

YOKOHAMA, June 3 Kyodo - While Japan advocated investment and private sector-led growth in Africa at a just-ended conference on the region's development, concern mounted among civil society groups that an agriculture project in Mozambique, which Tokyo is pushing through as one of its key projects in Africa, may end up depriving local farmers of their land.

"Small farmers are really concerned about the project," Augusto Mafigo, president of Mozambique's National Peasants' Union known as UNAC, said in an interview with Kyodo News.

The program dubbed "ProSavana," which is promoted by the Japanese, Brazilian and Mozambican governments, eyes developing a vast area of intact savanna in northern Mozambique, encompassing more than 10 million hectares of land in three provinces.
(..)

3. Japan Today (June 3)
"At TICAD, clumsy diplomacy mars controversial Japanese aid project in Mozambique"
By Dreux Richard
->http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/at-ticad-clumsy-diplomacy-mars-controversial-japanese-aid-project-in-mozambique

"At TICAD, clumsy diplomacy mars controversial Japanese aid project in Mozambique"
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/at-ticad-clumsy-diplomacy-mars-controversial-japanese-aid-project-in-mozambique

"(...)ProSavana faces opposition from a coalition of Mozambican farmers’ unions and civil society groups who sent their own delegation to TICAD this weekend. They claim that Japan’s aid apparatus, which is financing and implementing much of the project, has failed to solicit adequate community input, and that the project’s details weren’t presented to its supposed beneficiaries until this March, when the coalition requested a meeting with JICA. For coalition member Antonio Muagerene, who has been reading about his home region’s forthcoming fate in newspapers for years, the notion of Japanese aid agencies treating his nation’s farmland like a jigsaw puzzle is unnerving. “These are our lives you’re talking about,” he said on Sunday."

Muagerene, a civil society organizer in one of the Mozambican provinces targeted by ProSavana, takes personally the suggestion that Mozambique’s small farms are ineffective by design. At age seven, he purchased his first school supplies with money earned from a modest peanut patch his parents had given him to cultivate. His parents later paid for his college education with their farm’s modest revenues. He points out that some of the rhetoric underlying the ProSavana sales pitch is schizophrenic: aid donors seem fond of mentioning that Mozambique’s farms aren’t productive enough to feed the nation, but the ProSavana plan would encourage the cultivation of commodity export crops, very few of which would be sold by Mozambican companies or consumed within the country.
(...)

On Sunday, I spoke with a member of Malawi’s delegation to TICAD, who asked that his name be withheld because he had not been authorized to comment on ProSavana. “Given what we’ve learned in Malawi, to even consider the implementation of this plan in its current, corporatized form is profoundly naive. It has nothing to do with food security in Mozambique and everything to do with the end of cheap land in Brazil; agriculture companies need a new source of cheap land to exploit.” he said.

Muagerene says the farmers’ coalition isn’t trying to prevent the implementation of ProSavana or discourage investment, but to create an adequate space for community input and the discussion of potential consequences. (...)"
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by africa_class | 2013-06-03 23:39 | 【考】土地争奪・プロサバンナ/マトピバ
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