Over the past 10 years, public and private connections between Brazil and Africa have increased dramatically. Part of a new 'South-South' development push intended to bring emerging economies together with developing countries, the Brazilian government has invested in expanding successful projects from its own experience to countries throughout sub Saharan Africa. In this talk, I will focus on a series of large-scale projects geared towards developing agricultural production in northern Mozambique. I present a preliminary discussion of the rationales, the tactics and experiences thus far and argue that although official narratives about the collaboration rest on shared ecological, historical and cultural characteristics, development looks very different in the two places because of the ways in which land, labor and capital are being brought into the process.
Wendy Wolford is Robert A. and Ruth E. Polson Professor of Development Sociology at Cornell University. She is also the Associate Director for Economic Development programs in the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. Wendy¹s research covers a wide range of topics, with emphasis on four projects: the changing nature of the state and land reform in Brazil; the moral economies of social mobilization, particularly focused on the Landless Rural Workers¹ Movement in Brazil; political ecologies of conservation and agriculture in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador; and the politics and practices of new land deals (the so-called ³global landgrab²). Wendy has published widely, and is a founding member of the Land Deals Politics Initiative (LDPI).