vendredi, 6 décembre 2019

Women of Mozambique Fight Back

We will not let ProSavana to invade our land and colonize us !

Ana Paula Taucale, peasant in Nampula Province and member of UNAC (União Nacional de Camponeses), Mozam- bique.

The government of my country has grant- ed large portions of land for large-scale agriculture for exports, in the Nacala Cor- ridor, involving Brazil and Japan. We, peasants of the area oppose this project and see it as an invasion that will drive to large land grabs.

There is already evidence of the effects of land grabbing in that area (Northern Mozambique) on the peasants communi- ties, and particularly on women. In Nam- pula province, were I live and have my plot, women are being prevented from passing in the areas where the foreign companies operate. We cannot access firewood, gather wild foods or harvest roots to use as medicines for our fami- lies. In itself this is a clear violation of the Mozambique Law of the Land. The Law requires that community be consulted to grant lands to companies, thus giv- ing communities the right to refuse, as in cases where such land granting implies the abuse of their rights.

We reject this land-grabbing and we re- ject the model of agriculture the ProSa- vana program represents. We will do ev- erything we can to stop it. We as UNAC, together with other organi- zations in the country, have launched in June the National Campaign STOP Pro- Savana. We want to bring this campaign at international level - civil society organ- isations in Brazil and Japan have already joined us - and we want to activate legal mechanisms at national and United Na- tions level, to give greater responsibility to those operating the ProSavana pro- gram, for the damage they might cause to the peasants communities in Mozam- bique.

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