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Agricultural land use changes through inter-sectoral and international engagement: The interface of mining and agriculture in Mozambique

McHenry, M.P., Doepel, D., Zhou, E., Murray-Prio, R. and Dixon, J. (2015) Agricultural land use changes through inter-sectoral and international engagement: The interface of mining and agriculture in Mozambique. In: McHenry, M.P., Kulshreshtha, S.N. and Lac, S., (eds.) Land Use, Land-use Change and Forestry. Nova Science Publishers, pp. 135-147.

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This chapter analyses agricultural transformation and change occurring through inter-sectoral relationships as a result of mining activity in the Beira region of Mozambique. We explore the efforts to link the supply chains and capacity building as a means to renew livelihoods and progress towards improved farming systems and land uses. The research includes previously unpublished interviews undertaken by the authors with the Tete Provincial Farmers Union, Beira Agricultural Growth Corridor (BAGC), and a non-profit philanthropic company AgDevCo, for a report from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). The Tete Provincial Farmers Union represent some local smallholder farmers, some of which supply agricultural produce to mining companies through intermediate buyers. Within this context, we discuss the local activities that aim to link the supply chain between the relocated farmers and other local farmers through capacity building and commercial partnering through small-scale private-public partnerships (PPPs). This approach aims to eventually generate sufficient smallholder productive capacity to supply wider local and export market demand for agricultural products on a commercial basis. The research discusses the engagement of social venture capital partner organisations (SVCPOs) to actively facilitate this process, and semi-structured interviews with representatives of the BAGC supported in part by the non-profit philanthropic company AgDevCo as an example. This chapter is derived from an unpublished report commissioned by ACIAR (Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research) to the Doepel Group Pty Ltd., and has been updated, revised, and advanced under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)'s Australian Development Research Award Scheme project undertaken by Murdoch University.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Information Technology
Publisher: Nova Science Publishers
Copyright: © 2015 by Nova Science Publishers
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