PreTICADV Int'l Conference with Mozambican, Brazilian and Int'l NGOs on the ProSAVANA


Pre TICAD V International Symposium
on Agricultural Investment and Assistance to Africa
with Mozambican, Brazilian and International CSOs
“What is happening to Africa’s Savannah and Farmers?
– Rethinking ProSAVANA*”

*ProSAVANA is Triangular Cooperation for Agricultural Development of the Tropical Savannah in Mozambique (http://www.jica.go.jp/project/mozambique)

●Date and time: May 29 (Wed.) 18:00-20:30
●Venue: Sangyo Boeki Center Room B102
●Access: 3 min. on foot from Nihon Odori Station (Minato Mirai Line)
●Language used: English and Japanese *Simultaneous interpretation available.

1.“ Global and Land Grabbing – focusing on Tropical Savannah in Africa” by Devlin Kuyek (International NGO/ GRAIN)
2.“The Japanese Development Assistance and the Problem of Agricultural Development in the Brazilian Cerrado”by Sergio Schlesinger (Brazilian NGO/ FASE)
3.“The Problems of the ProSAVANA – from the Mozambican peasants perspective”
by Augusto Mafigo and Vice President / Vicente Adriano (Mozambican Farmers Union/UNAC)

-Officials from the Japanese government and International organisations
-Japanese Civil Society, Ms. Naoko Tsuyama (President of G-CAP Japan)

●Organisers: Japan Volunteer Center (JVC), Africa Japan Forum (AJF), Oxfam Japan, We 21 Japan
●Cooperation: Mozambique Kaihatsu wo Kangaeru Shimin no Kai (Citizens’ Group for Considering Development in Mozambique)
●Supporters: FoE Japan, Together with Africa and Asia Association (TAAA), Community Action Development Organization (CanDo), Pacific Asia Resource Center (PARC), Association for the Taxation of financial Transactions for the Aid and Citizens (ATTAC Japan), All Japan Agricultural Cooperative Joint Association, Hokkaido Farmers’ League, Africa rikai Project, Japan Center for a Sustainable Environment and Society (JACSES), Alter Trade Japan(ATJ), Alternative People's Linkage in Asia (APLA), No! to Land Grab, Japan, Asia, Asian Farmers' Exchange Center(13 NGOs)

Participation: Reservation required by email.
*Please write the subject as “5/29 ProSavana International Symposium”, and send the following inofrmation to .
*Name, Organization, Contact information (telephone number and email address)

●Contact : Naoko Watanabe (Ms.)(Japan Volunteer Center) *Japanese and English
Tel: +81-(0)3-3834-2388/ Email: prosavana529@hotmail.co.jp

●Statements on the ProSAVANA programme
【UNAC’s Statement (11 October 2012)】
“…We, peasant farmers, condemn the way in which the ProSavana programme was drafted and the way it is intended to be implemented in Mozambique, which has been characterised by reduced transparency and the exclusion of civil society organisations throughout the process, especially peasant organisations…Following a comprehensive analysis of ProSavana, we peasant farmers have concluded that:•ProSavana is a result of a top-down policy, which does not take into consideration the demands, dreams and basic concerns of peasants, particularly those within the Nacala Corridor;….”
*UNAC is the largest farmers association movement in Mozambique, and represents more than 86,000 farmers and 2,200 farmers associations and cooperatives around the country. These include farmers associations in Niassa, Nampula and Zambezia Provinces, targeted areas of the ProSAVANA. It has 83 unions at district levels, 7 unions at provincial levels and 4 headquaters. UNAC was founded by Mozambican farmers in 1987 in order to protect and fight for local farmers rights.

【Joint Statement: GRAIN, Justiça Ambiental, Forum Mulher, FoEI, et al. (29 April 2013) 】
“Leaked ProSAVANA Master Plan confirms worst fears~Civil society groups warn secretive plan paves the way for a massive land grab”
“Civil society groups have finally seen a leaked copy of the most recent version of the Master Plan for the ProSAVANA programme, which is dated March 2013. The copy makes clear the project's intentions and confirms that the governments of Japan, Brazil and Mozambique are secretly paving the way for a massive land grab in Northern Mozambique. Several organisations from Mozambique and their international partners are now making this plan publicly available, along with some of their initial reflections.”
*4 Mozambican, 11 African, 4 Latin American, 1 South East Asian, 2 European, 1 International Organisations and 1 International NGO Network (representing 74 NGOs around the world) signed the statement.

●Presenters and Organisations
Devlin Kuyek (International NGO, GRAIN http://www.grain.org/)
Devlin Kuyek is the Director of Research with GRAIN, an international organisation that supports people's control over local biodiversity. Since he joined GRAIN in 2003, he has produced numerous reports on global agribusiness and food systems. GRAIN is famous for its 2008 report on the global landgrab phenomenon entitled “Seized: The 2008 Landgrab for Food and Financial Security” .
He is also the author of Good Crop/Bad Crop: Seed politics and the future of food in Canada and he coordinates the English section of the website farmlandgrab.org. He is based in Montreal, Canada.

Sergio Schlesinger (Brazilian NGO, FASE http://www.fase.org.br)
Sergio Schlesinger is an economist and consultant of FASE, a Brazilian Organisation that works to protect people’s rights in the society. He has acted as a coordinator and an advisor to many NGO activities and International join researches.
His recent English publications include Brazilian International Cooperation and Investments: The internationalization of ethanol and biodiesel. (2012, OXFAM ); From forest to fork How cattle, soy and sugar are destroying Brazil’s forest and damaging the climate. (2010, Friends of the Earth Europe ). He is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Augusto Mafigo (Mozambican National Farmers Union, UNAC http://www.unac.org.mz/ )
Augusto Mafigo is the President of UNAC, the Mozambican National Farmers Union. As the President of UNAC, Mafigo has been working to support small and medium-scaled farmers in Mozambique and to solve their issues. He had acted as a provincial representative of UNAC in Tete, where serious land conflicts are occurring between local farmers and the Brazilian mining companies such as Vale. Tete Province is one of the targeted area of Nacala Corridor Project supported by the Japanese government. He is currently based in Tete.

Vicente Adriano (UNAC, Cooperation and Advocacy Officer)
Vicente Adriano is an advocacy officer of UNAC. After graduated from Instituto Superior de Relações Internacionais, he participated in an academic research on community development. He has experiences in advocacy, monitoring and planning of development strategies in rural development projects supported or run by UNDP and local government. Currently he works to connect UNAC and farmers in Africa Latin America, America and Asia.

*TICAD V Side Event on this issue will be held on June 2 at Pacifico Yokohama. Please contact the following address for further information.

●Further information on the guests, events and civic activities on the ProSAVANA:
Mozambique Kaihatsu wo kangaeru Shimin no Kai
(Citizens’ Group for Considering Development in Mozambique)
http://mozambiquekaihatsu.blog.fc2.com/ (in Japanese only)
(in Japanese, English and Portuguese)