Call for registration: III International Peasant Conference on Land

Maputo, October 1-2, 2014 FOR WIDE CIRCULATION Dear friends, UNAC (União Nacional de Camponeses), Mozambican Peasants’ Nation Union is hereby inviting organisations and peasant movements around the world, as well as activists, scholars and individuals interested in the issues and challenges of the p

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Emergency Request for Re-constituting Public Consultation Process About the Formulation of the Master Plan of the ProSAVANA Program

(English translation of the joint request by 6 Japanese NGOs to the
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Japan, and the President of JICA)

We appreciate your understanding and facilitation of dialogue with NGOs
in the field of international cooperation. Previously, we sent you an
emergency appeal dated April 18^th , 2015, on “the Publication of the
Draft Zero of the Master Plan for Agricultural Development in the Nacala
Corridor, and Request and Protest concerning the Process of
Consultation”. This letter is an additional request for re-constituting
the process of public consultations after new revelations drawn from
current events.


Women farmers cry out for access to markets and denounce soil usurpation

Published on Friday, 10 October 2014

(Mozambique, Maputo, October 1, 2014) Lack of access to markets by women farmers to trade their agricultural produce leads to the sale of their produce at low prices, and the seizure of their lands by mining companies are some of their main concerns raised during the III International Conference of Farmers and Soil, held in Maputo. The event attracted several movements including women farmers from the northern, central and southern regions of the country and the representatives of the Ministries of Agriculture and Technology.

The farmers’ movement, mostly represented by female leaders, used the platform to expose major issues affecting them. In almost all provinces, they rely on agriculture to support their families and they face many difficulties in doing so.

According to Rita Rizuane, farmer leader and member of the Board of Directors of the UNAC, one of the current concerns is related to the lack of access to markets for their agricultural produce nationally and regionally. Thus, some of their products particularly crops such as tomatoes spoil easily, resulting in the loss of income as farmers are forced to sell their products at very low prices.


Farmers reiterate rejection to transgenic seeds

Published on Friday, 10 October 2014

(Mozambique, Maputo, October 1, 2014) Farmers’ representatives of the National Union of Farmers (UNAC) reiterated their rejection of genetically modified seeds which present a number of disadvantages. According to the participants of the III International Conference of Farmers, hybrid seeds which are circulating in Mozambique have shown inefficiency primarily because farmers are forced to buy new seeds every season.

These remarks were made in response to the two interventions by the government officials, particularly those from the National Directorate of Agrarian Services and the Ministry of Science and Technology, who talked about an effort from the government of Mozambique to adopt strategies against climate change.

In the Government's view, the issue on climate change requires the adoption of improved seeds or genetically modified seeds despite their known challenges. Carlos Santana from the Ministry of Science and Technology indicated, in detail, that there is a set of measures in place for a better implementation of these organisms.


’Usurpation of the Soil’: The III International Conference of Farmers

Published on Friday, 10 October 2014

(Mozambique, Maputo, October 1, 2014) –The III International Conference of Farmers and Soil, hosted by the National Farmers Union (UNAC) started today and will run for 2 days. About 250 participants participated in the conference held at the Conference Centre of TDM in Maputo. The conference focuses on the usurpation of the land, implementation of mega-projects with a direct impact on the day-to-day life of the farmers, poor access to credit and the lack of markets for farm produce among other issues.

"Our production will fall because we are running out of land," said Costa Estevão, the representative of the northern region. According to him the phenomenon [usurpation of the land] will reduce production, and "push" many farmers to hunger and poverty. Estevão claimed that many farmers are becoming landless. For instance, he said that the company Agro-alpha in Monapo grabbed 10 hectares of land from a citizen who had the documents of ownership, access and use of such land. This situation happens uneventfully and trivially.