Cerrado meets savannah, family farmers meet peasants: The political economy of Brazil's agricultural cooperation with Mozambique

Zanella Matheus A., Milhorance Carolina. 2016. Cerrado meets savannah, family farmers meet peasants: The political economy of Brazil's agricultural cooperation with Mozambique. Food Policy, 58 : pp. 70-81.

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Quartile : Q1, Sujet : AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS & POLICY / Quartile : Q1, Sujet : ECONOMICS / Quartile : Q1, Sujet : FOOD SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY / Quartile : Q2, Sujet : NUTRITION & DIETETICS

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Abstract : Brazil's development cooperation policy with sub-Saharan Africa has intensified since the end of the 2000s, with Mozambique being the country's largest partner. This South–South Cooperation enterprise has shown intentions to share elements drawn from previous experiences of programmes implemented in Brazil, particularly in the rural sector. However, Brazilian agricultural policy is notorious for its dualistic structure, and dominant political strategy has been marked by the accommodation of two different – occasionally contradictory – agricultural policy agendas, reflecting how current political forces are organized. This article demonstrates how such a dualistic structure shapes Brazil's technical cooperation with Mozambique, pointing out that it is still unclear how far rural development perspectives rooted in the particularities of Brazilian agrarian dynamics would be useful for projects implemented in different rural contexts. We argue that, since Mozambican agricultural plans primarily emphasize a perspective that focuses on market-oriented agricultural modernization, a potential reform of the current cooperation policy toward more inclusive agenda, focused on family farming, faces political economy constraints. We conclude that the appropriation of a foreign project relies on the political economy dynamics of related contexts and power relations of involved stakeholders, an area that could deserve further attention from researchers investigating Brazil–Mozambique relations.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Coopération Sud-Sud, Politique agricole, Politique économique, Politique de développement, agriculture familiale, Paysannerie, Coopération internationale

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Brésil, Mozambique

Mots-clés complémentaires : Cerrado

Mots-clés libres : Agricultural policy, Development cooperation, Brazil, Mozambique, Political economy, ProSAVANA

Classification Agris : E14 - Development economics and policies
E10 - Agricultural economics and policies

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 5 (2014-2018) - Action publique pour le développement

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Zanella Matheus A., IASS (DEU)
  • Milhorance Carolina, UNB [Universidade de Brasilia] (BRA) ORCID: 0000-0002-3290-8596 - auteur correspondant

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