In a joint statement issued on Wednesday (March 15) , after official talks in Tokyo between Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the two countries reaffirmed their commitment to ProSavana, a triangular agricultural development programme between Mozambique, Brazil and Japan.
This programme has come under attack from some civil society organization who claim that is is a “land grab” that will only benefit Brazilian agrobusiness interests. The Mozambican government, however, strongly denies that any peasant farmers will lose their land.
ProSavana is a Triangular Cooperation Programme for agricultural development of Mozambique’s tropical savannah, conducted as part of an international partnership between Mozambique, Brazil and Japan. ProSAVANA aims to transfer Brazilian know-how on agribusiness by providing technical support to increase agricultural productivity in the Nacala Corridor, located in the north of Mozambique, thereby contributing to the country’s food security and the competitiveness of its rural sector. FGV has played a key role by developing the ProSAVANA Master Plan along with an investment fund specially designed to attract investments to the Nacala Corridor. In this way, FGV is helping to further economic development, social inclusion and environmental progress in Mozambique.