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The soya boom and agro-food systems change in northern Mozambique

Venue: PLAAS Boardroom
Date: 7 Mar 2017
Time: 13:30 to 14:30

Presenter: Refiloe Joala, Researcher at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape

African food systems are undergoing profound transformations, evidenced by the growing corporatisation of natural resources in the interest of the pursuit of the corporatisation of farming inputs and the production, processing and retailing of food. Changes in the control and use of land, water and other natural resources in Southern Africa as a result of increasing levels of land-based investments, and the growing influence of corporate interests are restructuring agrarian trajectories and how people produce, access, prepare and consume food in the region. This seminar is a presentation of on-going research on agro-food systems change in Mozambique, focusing on the ProSavana programme in Zambezia where the introduction of soybean outgrower schemes to provide animal feed in national and globalised value chains is affecting local food production practices and strategies, and food consumption.