Mozambique Holdings Employee Attacks Peasant Women In Namadoe Community, Lugela District

Mozambique Holdings Employee Attacks Peasant Women In Namadoe Community, Lugela District


Conflicts between members of the communities affected by the Mozambique Holdings company’s plantations and its managers and employees in the Lugela district have been ongoing since the company begun its activities in the area. Until today, there is no information on how the land use title was transferred from Madal to Mozambique Holdings Lda, despite the numerous requests for information submitted to Government.

The affected communities claim that there was no community consultation process for the transfer of the land use title, and that they were allowed by Madal to use several areas under Madal’s title for food production. Since Mozambique Holdings Lda started operating, several community members lost their production areas without any compensation, as some of these areas were under Madal’s land title but always used by the communities.

JA! and the community associations have already denounced several situations of intimidation, threats, insults and even aggression against community members and the destruction of fields and stored foods. These situations were publicly denounced, and formal complaints were submitted to the relevant authorities, including the Police. The perpetrators of these acts are well known by all, they are and have been denounced and nothing has happened. Due to the increase and aggravation of conflict situations and the dissatisfaction of these communities, the District Administration intervened with the company in order to convince the company to allow the ommunities to use part of the lowlands for rice production and for the last two years this has been the case.

However, last Sunday, the 14th of May, two peasant women from the Namadoe community were in one of these low-lying areas planting cabbage when Mr. Binua, from Mozambique Holdings, who was driving by saw them there, he stopped his motorcycle and ran towards them. As they say, the two peasant sisters, as soon as Mr. Binua reached one of the peasant women, without saying a single word, he began to violently attack her. The sister ran away, but quickly realized that her sister was still being beaten and returned to defend her. The fear was quickly forgotten and together they defended themselves against Mr. Binua, having attacked him until he bit one of the ladies and fled on his motorbike taking with him the peasant women’s two machetes, but in the escape, he left his cell phone behind. This same man has already assaulted other members of the community, men, women and even a girl, with impunity, and continues to walk arrogantly through the communities as if he was untouchable. Last Sunday, he was not so lucky, and by all accounts he received a brave and well-deserved beating from the two sisters, acting in self-defense.  Read more




Never has the shutdown of democracy in Mozambique been more evident than last March 18th, particularly in the cities of Maputo, Beira, Nampula, and Xai-Xai. It is a reality that we urgently need to resist and fight against. Since 2008 freedom of expression, demonstration, and association have been repressed, but it was in 2020 that the government and its international partners used Covid19 as an almost plausible pretext to restrict citizens’ freedoms, with the announcement of a set of measures that gave rise to restrictions on the mobility of people and goods, restrictions on public and private meetings, and limitations of the right to protest – a right that is constitutionally conferred to us through Article 51 of the Constitution of the Republic.

The last few years have been marked with threats against freedom of speech and association. Activists, journalists and community leaders that stand up against inequality, government abuse or megaprojects have been intimidated, persecuted and some are missing until this day1.

Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in the world, while at the same time owning vast natural resources. Coal, gas and oil have been exploited by transnationals, bringing riches to a few economic and political elites. Rural and peasant communities have been displaced, a violent insurgency has been ravaging the North of the country, and the government is focusing on a military strategy to deal with it. People from Cabo Delgado are being sexually assaulted, threatened and murdered by both insurgents and government military forces. On top of this, the government has been openly attacking civil society organisations accusing them of being ‘anti-government’ or ‘anti-development’, and drafting new laws aiming to restrict the freedom of association2. Read more

The Voice of AFSA: Meet Mariann Bassey

The Voice of AFSA: Meet Mariann Bassey


THE VOICE OF AFSA is a new online newsletter launched by the AFSA Secretariat with the goal of raising the image and profile of AFSA members by profiling personalities, leaders, and influencers in AFSA and sharing their advocacy journey, life experience, and reflections on the worldviews that shape their work and uplift the lives of the communities they work for. We intend the newsletter to help the general public, the media, and friends of AFSA to learn more about the organisation and the individuals who drive its work. It is our sincere hope that this monthly newsletter will bring you closer to AFSA and introduce you to the wonderful work of our members and their tireless efforts to drive the transition to agroecology and amplify the true voice of millions of smallholder food producers in Africa about their environment and the food systems they want. Read more


Friends of the Earth finds the new global biodiversity framework “not fit for purpose”

Friends of the Earth finds the new global biodiversity framework “not fit for purpose”

Montreal – The new Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) announced today fails to lay the groundwork for the transformational change needed to address the biodiversity crisis. The Chinese presidency adopted the text despite clear opposition from the Democratic Republic of Congo, ignoring a process the COP15 president himself had laid out.

Friends of the Earth International is deeply concerned about the way in which the GBF was adopted. The environmental federation warns that the corporate capture of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) blocked the pathways that lead to the system change needed to protect biodiversity. “The text does not stipulate any regulation on corporations and instead promotes greenwashing measures such as “Nature-Based Solutions”, which allow for offsetting for environmental destruction,” says Nele Marien, Forests & Biodiversity Coordinator.

The new GBF does not stop the destructive advance of agribusiness, the main driver of biodiversity loss. Instead, it promotes agribusiness through concepts such as “sustainable intensification” and “innovation”.

Mariann Bassey-Orovwuje, Food Sovereignty Program Coordinator for Friends of the Earth Africa and Deputy Director Environmental Rights Action says “Proper oversight of biotechnology developments is becoming harder and harder because of the rising influence of biotech/agribusiness lobbies, specifically Gates money. While the CBD had agreed on the need for a regular and broad mechanism for horizon scanning, assessment, and monitoring, those interests successfully cut down to only agreement on a one-time initial round, narrowed what was supposed to be broad, and gutted the references to biotech in the GBF to the point of meaninglessness – even cutting out references to Precaution. The underlying problem is private money buying influence over this convention- just as it has done in the UNFCCC and elsewhere.”

Hemantha Withanage, Friends of the Earth International’s Chair, says: “We welcome that the new framework to protect biodiversity does not mention “Nature Positive”, one of the proposed greenwashing measures that opened up new possibilities for offsetting biodiversity destruction, rather than halting it. However, the same ideas are still there implicitly. There are also problematic references to biodiversity offsets and credits.”

Fortunately, the text recognizes environmental defenders, and there is a recognition of indigenous and traditional territories. However, it is a pity that the document does not recognize them as a specific category for the fulfillment of the objective on protected areas.”

Friends of the Earth International will continue to work alongside local communities worldwide and Indigenous Peoples, who are building the system change we need to protect biodiversity.


In Montreal: SP & ENG: José Elosegui,, +598 98 846 967

ENG: Shaye Skiff,, +1 202 222 0723 FR & ENG: Caroline Prak, , Mariann Bassey Oruvwuje

COP27 outcome: Loss and damage fund established in historic first step, but other outcomes perilously weak

COP27 outcome: Loss and damage fund established in historic first step, but other outcomes perilously weak

PRESS RELEASE for immediate release – Sunday 20 November 2022, Sharm El-Sheikh

A historic breakthrough in deadlocked COP27 talks means a loss and damage fund to compensate developing countries for the irreversible impacts of climate change has been established, despite consistent efforts by the US and other developed countries to derail it. This fund was one of the key demands of developing countries, and it is a welcome first step that had seemed elusive. However, there is still plenty of scope for developed countries to wriggle out of their responsibilities, and other COP27 outcomes were extremely weak.

Sara Shaw, Friends of the Earth International, commented:

“It is a relief that the loss and damage fund has finally been established, after decades of struggle. But, right now, it is an empty fund, and we have a huge challenge ahead to ensure that developed countries contribute to it, in line with justice and equity. We must not see a repeat of the abysmal performance of rich countries failing to provide the already inadequate $100 billion a year promised over a decade ago.”

While the COP27 outcome includes a welcome nod to the need for a ‘clean and just transition to renewable energy’, there is nothing agreed in Sharm el-Sheikh that would actually deliver this, with finance for emissions cuts stalled and weak outcomes on mitigation. Disturbingly, there was no advance on the language agreed last year on phasing down coal, which will delight the fossil fuel industry.

Babawale Obayanju, Friends of the Earth Africa, added:

“The fact that the outcome only talks about ‘phasedown of unabated coal power’ is a disaster for Africa and for the climate. Oil and gas must be also be phased out, swiftly and fairly. One small word, ‘unabated’, creates a huge loophole, opening the door to new fossil-based hydrogen and carbon capture and storage projects, which will allow emissions to continue. We don’t need more gas extraction in Africa, devastating our communities for the benefit of rich countries and corporations. What we needed from COP27 was agreement to a rapid, equitable phase out of all fossil fuels.”

Last year, COP26 reached agreement on global carbon markets after years of wrangling, despite strong opposition from environmental and social justice groups. At COP27, there were alarming and rushed attempts to insert geoengineering and nature based offsets into carbon market arrangements. This has now been delayed by two years. The final decision has stripped out references to human rights, Indigenous Peoples’ rights and labour rights.

Hemantha Withanage, chair of Friends of the Earth International, said from Sri Lanka:

“The decision on carbon markets is deeply worrying. Whilst COP27 has temporarily delayed moves to put geoengineering, dangerous and untested technologies, and so-called nature-based solutions into carbon offset markets, we know these threats will rear their heads again. Carbon markets give cover for continued emissions by polluters, grabbing of land, forests and water from vulnerable communities, and violations of peoples’ rights.”

COP27 took place in a context of state repression of Egyptian activists and journalists. On this, Sara Shaw concluded:

“While the talks are over and we leave Egypt, we do not forget the prisoners of conscience who remain. Civil society will continue to put pressure on our governments and show solidarity, as there is no climate justice without human rights.”

Spokespeople and media contacts

Sara Shaw, Climate Justice & Energy coordinator, Friends of the Earth International
sara[at], WhatsApp/Signal +44 79 7400 8270, @climatemouse, speaks English, Spanish

dipti bhatnagar, Climate justice & energy coordinator, Friends of the Earth International
dipti[at], Whatsapp/Signal +258 84 035 6599, @diptimoz, speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish, Hindi

Other spokespeople are available for comment in different languages. To arrange interviews, contact: Madeleine Race, madeleine[at], @foeint, speaks English, Spanish, French.

Image:  by babawale obayanju, Friends of the Earth Africa 

Slow progress at COP27 as loss and damage fund hangs in the balance

Slow progress at COP27 as loss and damage fund hangs in the balance

PRESS RELEASE – Friday 18 November 2022, Sharm El-Sheikh (Egypt) – for immediate release

Taking place under the shadow of Egypt’s oppressive regime, COP27 has seen the US play a deeply obstructive role yet again, blocking the demands of developing countries at every turn. Indigenous Peoples and frontline communities are already suffering from increasingly extreme weather, causing massive economic losses and cultural erasure. Developing countries continue to fight to establish a fund to pay for for this irreversible Loss and Damage.

Meanwhile, rich countries are positioning themselves as the saviours of the 1.5°C threshold, blaming larger developing countries for lack of climate action. This, despite their own decades of inaction, flagrant disregard for their own historical responsibility, ongoing climate pollution, and previous reluctance to even agree to the 1.5°C threshold that climate justice activists and developing countries demanded for many years.

Sara Shaw (Friends of the Earth International) commented:

“The story developed countries will spin in the coming days is that larger developing countries, like China and India, are to blame for any lack of progress in Sharm-el Sheikh. This is not the story of what has happened here. Developed countries, especially the US, are cynically shifting the blame away from their own lack of action on emissions reductions to countries that are less historically responsible for climate change. They are trying to erase equity and historic responsibility.”

“The same rich countries have also failed to put the already inadequate $100 billion per year they owe on the table, and continue to muddy the finance waters by pushing carbon markets, private finance, loans and philanthropy, while the demand is for new and additional grant-based public finance and repayment of the climate debt.”

The battles over language that are raging at COP27 around whether all fossil fuels or just coal are named in the decision text, translate to devastating realities for communities living near fossil fuel and other extractive projects. To curb runaway climate change, we need a rapid and equitable transition away from oil, gas and coal, starting with the developed countries who built their economies on these dirty energies. But the push for the word ‘unabated’ as a qualifier for fossil fuels in the text opens the door to huge loopholes like carbon capture and storage, and fossil-based hydrogen, which will allow emissions to continue.

Rita Uwaka, Friends of the Earth Nigeria, said:

“Africa does not need more fossil fuels, especially not gas. Oil has devastated my country, Nigeria. Gas exploitation in Mozambique is displacing communities and stoking conflict. Africa needs a COP27 outcome that calls for rapid, equitable phase out of all fossil fuels, not just coal.”

This year, there have been efforts to push false solutions in negotiations on carbon markets. Hemantha Withanage, Chair of Friends of the Earth International, added:

“Thankfully COP27 has delayed moves to put geoengineering, dangerous and untested technologies, and nature-based solutions into carbon offset markets. We remain highly concerned that these will come back next year, giving cover for continued emissions, grabbing of land, forests and water from vulnerable communities, and violations of peoples’ rights. We must be vigilant, and we will keep fighting for human rights and climate action based on equity and justice.”

Friends of the Earth International expect to make a final comment once the talks have concluded.



Press conferences

On Friday 18 November, Friends of the Earth International hosted a press conference, with closing analysis from spokespeople from the US, India, Colombia, Malaysia and the UK. Watch the livestream here

Quotes on Twitter here

Spokespeople and media contacts

Sara Shaw, Climate Justice & Energy coordinator, Friends of the Earth International

// // Whatsapp/Signal +44 79 7400 8270 // @climatemouse // in Egypt // speaks English, Spanish

To arrange interviews, contact:

Madeleine Race // // Whatsapp/Signal +31 645 198 654 // @foeint