ProSavana technical staff to examine in Brasilia new information about Mozambican programme

12 July 2013

Information gathered in Mozambique regarding the ProSavana agricultural development programme will be analysed at a meeting in Brasilia later this month, Brazil’s National Rural Learning Service (Senar) announced.

The meeting is meant to determine “new forms of cooperation” for the tripartite programme involving Mozambique, Brazil and Japan. Besides Senar, it will be attended by representatives from the Mozambican Agrarian Research Institute (IIAM), the National Agrarian Extension Department (DNEA) and the Brazilian government.

The Programme for the Development of Mozambique’s Tropical Savannas (ProSavana) was launched in 2009 and covers an area of 10 million hectares in the Mozambican provinces of Nampula, Zambézia and Niassa, along the so-called Nacala Corridor.

In June a technical team from the three countries “probed” on the ground “possible actions for the partner institutions to carry out” with the goal of determining agricultural development models for the region.

Senar indicated that “activities to strengthen the cooperative and associative system” among farmers in the region, most of whom practice subsistence agriculture, are being studied.

“We can use as a model the programmes implemented in Brazil. But we have to focus on the people who work with the producers, such as the technical staff from the IIAM and DNEA,” said Senar coordinator Iara Grillo.

ProSavana was presented as an agricultural development programme that would benefit thousands of small farmers in Mozambique. However, it has had a mixed reception from Mozambican civil society and farm associations, who have called for its suspension, alleging a lack of public information about the process. (macauhub)