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Brazil's Soy Frontier: Next Stop, Africa

Date Published: 
09/05/2011
Summary: 

A couple weeks ago, the government of Mozambique offered farmers from Brazil 50-year leases on 15 million acres of land: an area equivalent to a bit more than half of the acreage under cultivation in Iowa. (..) Most of the nation lives in poverty. According to the World Food Program, "54 percent of the population lives below the national poverty line; 63 percent of rural children live in absolute poverty; and 34 percent of households are food insecure and face perpetual hunger."