of the population suffers from food insecurity
agriculture companies in Nacala Corridor
The 2008 food crisis led many companies to relocate to African, Asian and Latin American countries in search of productive land and cheap labour.
The Mozambican government supports them, arguing that these investments help to create jobs, to put an end to hunger and improve nutrition in a country where
a third of the population suffers from food insecurity.
However, 90% of the food consumed in the country is produced by peasant farmers and small-scale farmers; together, these two groups represent 80% of the population.
In the last decade, at least 38 companies - mainly linked to large-scale agriculture, forestry and animal husbandry - have settled in the Nacala Corridor, one of the most populated and fertile regions of Mozambique. The Government has granted these companies the Right to Use and Benefit from the Land ( DUAT, by its Portuguese initials) for 1.4 million hectares.
of the food is produced by small-scale farmers
million hectares of DUAT