(August 2014:, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe): At the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) People’s Summit the Mozambique Union of Farmers, (UNAC), regionalised its “NO To ProSavana” campaign.
ProSavana is a mega agri-business project involving Brazil and Japan located in Mozambique. The project, if developed, aims to turn 14.5 million hectares of agricultural land in the Nacala Corridor in Northern Mozambique, currently being used by small-scale farmers, into industrial monoculture agriculture for export production.
According to UNAC, the campaign against ProSavana at the national level has been a success. Work to connect the struggle to civil society organisations in Brazil and Japan is under way, but support from the regional level is still required, since land-grabbing, a growing phenomenon in the SADC region, places 10,000s of people’s food, water and seed sovereignty are at great risk.