Provide Jobs and Housing for Dislocated Subsistence Farmers in Mozambique

Mozambique, Chokwe, Lhate village

Target: President of Mozambique, Armando Guebuza

Goal: Provide the rural poor of Mozambique with equal job opportunities now that a new coal mine occupies their homeland

The ideas of healthier free food, sturdier houses, and more job opportunities were introduced to rural Mozambique farmers before they were forced to leave their homes. Mozambique continues to be one of the poorest countries in the world and now efforts to utilize the naturally resource-rich land by a coal mine has left hard working farmers without jobs. Before the coal company took residence on the poor rural farmland, many families had relied on vegetable patches and rainfall to feed their families. Now, they are living far from home without seeing any hints of the comfortable lifestyle that the coal mine works to create. It is important that subsistence farming be converted to commercial farming based on equal opportunity for all rural farmers of Mozambique who worked hard to preserve the lands for generations.

It has been reported by the United States Agency for International Development that new gas deals rarely create large numbers of jobs or foster local entrepreneurship. This causes a problem for the Mozambique people since commercial farming barely exists and most families rely on growing their own agriculture to provide for their families. Relocated Mozambique farmer Augusto Conselho Chachoka shares his neighbors’ concerns that the development plan is only benefiting some places and people and not others who have occupied the land since the beginning of civilization.

This establishment of commercial farming continues to raise problems in resource-rich countries across Africa. The recent rural poor farmers of Mozambique are an example of the lack in developing equal opportunity for people who occupy the lands where these coal mines are being located.

Tell the president of Mozambique to ensure that the rural poor farmers of Mozambique are not suffering from lack of job opportunities and adequate food and living conditions with the establishment of a new coal mine.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Armando Guebuza,

It was alarming to hear that the poor rural farmers of Mozambique were relocated off their homelands without the proper resources to sustain their known farming methods. The establishment of the Brazilian mining company, Vale, on the rural poor farmer’s land must provide the people fair measurements taken to shift from subsistence farming to commercial. These poor rural families deserve to benefit as much as anyone else in the country with this new implemented coal mine.

Instead of providing the poor rural farmers with equal job opportunities, healthier food options, and sturdier housing, they are now living far from the mine with leaking houses and barren plots of land. It is devastating to have a home taken away and not have a chance to regroup fairly with the support of the country and government officials. Please give the poor people of Mozambique the adequate shelter, jobs, and lifestyle that were taken from them when this new coal mine was built. The poor people should not be forgotten in the process of stimulating a country’s economic growth.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Flickr via ILRI

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