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Southern and Eastern Africa: The threats people face and their resistance struggles | Bulletin Issue 235 – January 2018

This Bulletin is dedicated to the memory of our friend, colleague and comrade of struggle Wally Meene

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SOUTHERN AND EASTERN AFRICA: THE THREATS PEOPLE FACE AND THEIR RESISTANCE STRUGGLES

  • Green Resources Mozambique: More False Promises!

    Green Resources S.A., a company with mostly Norwegian capital, is considered to be the largest tree plantation company in Africa. The reality on the ground reveals serious land conflicts between the company and local communities, in Mozambique, Uganda and Tanzania. This article reflects the situation in Mozambique.

  • Carbon Colonialism: Failure of Green Resources’ Carbon Offset Project in Uganda

    The devastating impacts of Green Resources’ tree plantation and carbon offset project in Uganda exposes the limits of carbon markets. While villagers carry the social, environmental and other costs of this project by loosing access and control over their land, the company is allowed to profit even more from its destructive plantations, framing them as “carbon sinks”.

  • Southern African women organising against the violence of extractivism

    The extractivist paradigm in Southern Africa threatens the lives and livelihoods of peasant communities, in particular women and girls: From the Tete Province in Mozambique, where women confront water scarcity and pollution to Zimbabwe’s Marange community, where militarised and often sexualised violence haunts women’s daily lives.

  • Food, forests and the unfolding crisis in Zambia

    Zambia’s peaceful context and strategic geographical location, combined with a desperate hunger for foreign direct investment, positions the country at the frontline of the global wave of resources grabbing, the crisis of global capital and the capitalisation of climate change

  • Large Hydropower Dams Are Not the Answer: Time to Rethink Africa’s Energy Infrastructure

    The Programme of Infrastructure Development for Africa (PIDA) was adopted in 2012 with the aim of connecting the continent’s energy, transport, water and communication infrastructure. But what kind of infrastructure does “Africa” really need and who is getting more access with such initiative? This article looks into the hydropower dams proposed for PIDA

  • Implications of Monoculture Tree Plantations in Mozambique: The Case of Portucel Mozambique

    Industrial tree plantation projects in Mozambique are gaining more and more ground in processes of land acquisition and dispute. The Portuguese company, Portucel, has a “reforestation” plan through 2026 that aims to cover 356 thousand hectares.

  • Food sovereignty in Zimbabwe: Mopane trees and local livelihoods

    Over the past few years, the mopane worm population – found in isolated patches of dense forests in the driest parts of Zimbabwe, like in the Mazwi village – has been diminishing, threatening local livelihoods and food sovereignty.

  • Industrial tree plantations in eastern and southern Africa

    This article gives an overview on the industrial tree plantation expansion threat in eastern and southern African countries, its external drivers, as well as the challenges this expansion presents to affected communities struggling to defend their land and livelihoods.

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