01.12.2016

Sugar cane is to be grown on 10,000 hectares of the land and rice on 3,000 hectares. And then reference is made to medium-size farms producing bananas, citrus fruits and mangos or grain such as wheat, soy and maize. A further 3,000 hectares has been earmarked for livestock (cattle and chickens). By 2030, the Beira Corridor “establishes Mozambique and the wider region as a major breadbasket”, the vision suggests. And it is stressed again and again that the smallholders are to benefit from these plans as well: for example through better seed, better irrigation for their fields, and new marketing options. However, a number of projects have already failed. For example the plantations in Mozambique that are supposed to supply renewable raw materials for biofuel. Close to Chimoio, long rows of fields with green bushes stretch across the landscape. About ten years ago, Jatropha was seen as a wonder plant, or at least as a serious alternative to the planet’s dwindling mineral oil reserves.