This study forms part of a greater project, New South-South Development Trends and African Forest, carried out in Gabon, Mozambique and Cameroon. In Mozambique, the project focused on the Brazilian- Japanese-Mozambican trilateral program ProSavana. At the time the study began, there was little information or previous work on the topic. This paper should therefore be treated as a scoping study. During the course of this scoping study, only a few papers based on field research were published, and the initial findings of this study are largely in line with this research. This paper supplements the existing literature by adding depth from field interviews in Nampula and Zambezia as well as an examination of the draft ProSavana reports, which became available in May 2013. This paper finds large misconceptions about what the ProSavana program is and what agrarian models will be implemented under the program. The ProSavana program team's inadequacy in effectively communicating the program's mission, methods and content has led civil society to look to PROCEDER for clues as to how ProSavana will play out in Mozambique. However, the findings from field visits, interviews with a range of stakeholders and a review of ProSavana project documents reported in this paper are that ProSavana will not be a replica of PROCEDER and the strategies proposed do align well with Mozambique's agrarian strategy, known as PEDSA, and by extension the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). ProSavana must therefore be evaluated on its own merit.
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Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
Cameroon, Gabon, Mozambique