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Title:'Exporting apartheid' to sub-Saharan Africa
Author:Chossudovsky, MichelISNI
Year:1995
Periodical:Labour, Capital and Society
Volume:28
Issue:2
Pages:128-145
Language:English
Geographic term:Southern Africa
Subjects:Afrikaners
farmers
expropriation
agriculture
Abstract:The right-wing Afrikaner Freedom Front (FF) headed by Constand Viljoen plans to develop a 'food corridor' extending across the southern part of the African continent from Angola to Mozambique. Afrikaner agribusiness is to extend its grip into neighbouring countries with large-scale investments in commercial farming, food processing and ecotourism. The objective is to set up white-owned farms beyond South Africa's borders. The 'food corridor', however, does not mean 'food for the local people'. On the contrary, under the scheme the peasants will loose their land. Moreover, the South African Chamber for Agricultural Development (SACADA), which acts as an umbrella organization, is integrated by several right-wing organizations. Nonetheless, the project is backed by the ANC government, the World Bank and the European Union. The donors categorize the initiative as a bona fide development project which will benefit the peasantry in the host country as well as contribute to South Africa's Reconstruction. The fact that the scheme derogates the land rights of smallholders and replicates the system of 'labour tenancy' prevalent in South Africa under apartheid is not a matter for discussion. The article pays special attention to the test case of Mozambique. Ref., sum. in French (p. 127). (Also published in: Review of African Political Economy, vol. 24, no. 73 (1997), p. 389-398.)
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