This is an archive of documents on Mozambique not readily available elsewhere, and references to Mozambique articles on other websites.
Last updated: 21 May 2013
Coal and gas
Pro-Savana is a joint Japanese-Brazilian-Mozambican agricultural development programme for the Nacala corridor based on a similar Japanese-supported programme in the Brazilian cerrado. It is proving controversial. See Mozambique News Reports and Clippings 209 and 210 for more details. We are posting here a range of documents.
Estrangeirização da terra, agronegócio e campesinato no Brasil e em Moçambique. Elizabeth Alice Clements e Bernardo Mançano Fernandes
Election law texts
These are the February 2013 drafts of the laws, after renumbering and other editing. Still not quite the final versions.
The final versions of the election laws were approved in mid-December. These are final texts before renumbering. Also attached are reports on the final sessions, with a few minor changes and rejections of some major Renamo proposals. (The registration law is missing - I do not have the text.)
Irrigation - only for the President to see
Irrigation pumps installed in Nante, Zambézia, following the visit of President Armando Guebuza in May 2010, have never been used. He promised pumps would be installed within 45 days, and they were. But motors did not match the pumps, so cannot be used.
Report in English and Portuguese
Frelimo 10th Congress
The 10th party congress in Pemba 23-28 September 2102. Mainly reports of Political Commission and Central Committee elections. (There was little policy debate.)
Political Commission candidates lists. Continuidade Mulheres and Areas Económicas e Sociais are missing.
Gurue soya boom
Thousands of subsistence farmers in Gúruè district are earning small amounts of money from soya. However, there are few larger farmers. And land conflicts are increasing.
Gúruè produced nearly 6000 tonnes of soya this year, adding more than $2 million to the local economy. Soya is a "revolution for the population," Gúruè Permanent Secretary Tito Celestino said. And the growth potential for soya is huge.
World Bank conference paper on land
"Confrontation Between Peasant Producers and Investors in Northern Zambézia, Mozambique, in the Context of Profit Pressures on European Investors" by Simon Norfolk and Joseph Hanlon. Paper presented at the World Bank Annual Conference on Land and Poverty, Washington DC, 23-25 April 2012
Paper in English and Portuguese
Agriculture: Obana vs Annan models
The G8 and the Africa Progress Panel offer different agricultural development models
Donor agriculture proposals
USAID proposals for G8 agriculture agreement with Mozambique, including the list of companies which might participate, and the World Bank policy matrix. Both documents appear to be the donor proposals to which they government has yet to agree.
There were by-elections (eleicoes intercalares)for mayor (presidente) on 7 December 2011 in Cuamba, Pemba and Quelimane, and on 18 April 2012 in Inhambane. These are various related documents:
Full text of approved ethics law
Parliament (Assembleia da República) on 11 May 2012 passed the ethics and conflict of interest law. Originally presented as Lei do Servidor Público (Public Servants Law), it was retitled Lei de Probidade Pública (Public Probity Law). The file is large and is broken into four parts. The text is in Portuguese; there is not yet an English translation.
Minimum wage & $ exchange rates
Mozambique minimum wages from 1996, including April 2012 increases. Monthly exchange rate US$ to Metical August 2006 through May 2012.
After heavy rains, there was serious flooding in southern Mozambique. On Wednesday 23 January the city of Chokwe was totally flooded and flood waters had reached the level of the 2000 flood. Floodwaters hit Xai Xai on Saturday 26 January, but were lower than 2000. The peak passed relatively quickly and the clean-up began in on 29 January.
We will post flood reports as they become available.
Nearly all are in Portuguese.
There is a very detailed daily Boletin Hidrológio National (National Water Bulletin) which gives current water levels compared to other years and flood levels.
There are excellent annotated satellite pictures on the website of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), which are updated regularly.