Mozambique, Brazil and Japan sign agricultural development agreement

9 November 2010

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 9 Nov – An agreement between Mozambique, Brazil and Japan for the agricultural development of Mozambique is due to be signed today in Maputo, according to the Brazilian press.

Requiring an investment of US$13.4 million, the partnership brings together Brazilian agri-livestock research company, Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (Embrapa), which is part of the Ministry for Agriculture, Livestock and Supplies, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Mozambican Agrarian Research Institute (IIAM).

Known as Pró-Savana, the project will improve the research and technology transfer capacities for improvement of the Nacala corridor, an area of tropical savanna ranging from the central region up to the north of Mozambique, which has vegetation that is very similar to the so-called Brazilian “cerrado”.

As well as activities carried out by Embrapa, the most well-known initiative is the Japanese-Brazilian Programme for Agricultural Development of the Cerrado (Prodecer), set up in the 1970s to develop the Central-West region of Brazil.

Of the total 13.4 million applied over five years to the Pró-Savana programme, US$7.3 million will be provided by JICA and US$3.6 million by the Brazilian Cooperation Agency via the Ministry for Foreign Relations. (macauhub)